Powder Springs Police Chief Charles Sewell said Tuesday, exactly one year after the murder, police have exhausted all leads and need the public’s help in finding who killed 23-year-old Danielle Marshall.
Police say Danielle Marshall was murdered Jan. 14, 2013, in front of her baby, Ava, who is now 20 months old. Ava was not harmed.
Though no official cause of death has been released, a police report lists the incident type as “murder — nonfamily — gun.”
Gloria Marshall, mother of Danielle, spoke quietly at a press conference at the Powder Springs Police Department on Tuesday softly asking for help from the public.
“I miss her smile, her laughter,” she said.
It’s been a painful year, Gloria Marshall said, but she’s optimistic her daughter’s killer will be brought to justice, allowing her to see closure.
“I really did not expect to live my life without my daughter,” she said.
One year ago, police were called to Danielle Marshall’s home on Palomino Drive near Macedonia Road after her ex-boyfriend could not get her to answer the door but heard the 9-month-old baby, Ava, crying inside the home, according to the incident report.
Officers went inside the home, through an unlocked back door, and found Ava crawling on the floor in a hallway, the report said.
Danielle Marshall was lying dead on the kitchen floor.
Powder Springs Maj. Matt Boyd called it a “heinous murder case” and said police believe the murder was not random.
It’s the only homicide that took place in Powder Springs last year, one of 29 killings in Cobb County in 2013.
Gloria Marshall smiled when recalling her daughter’s plans to attend a nursing program at Chattahoochee Technical College.
“She didn’t run the streets,” Gloria Marshall said. “All she was doing was going to school.”
Gloria Marshall is now raising her granddaughter and said when Ava is old enough to understand, she will tell her that she was loved by her mother.
“I’m going to really talk about the good times,” she said.
Anyone with any information that may lead to Danielle Marshall’s killer is urged to call the Cobb County Cold Case tip line at 770-528-3032. Callers do not have to leave their name.