If money is the root of all evil, then Marquita Jones' family believes a windfall of cash put their loved in a circle of bad people and it may have lead to her murder.
Her murder is without a motive or trial to follow. In July, someone walked up to Ms. Jones while she sat her car and shot her to death. Nothing of material value was taken but the victim's family says the killer took a lot.
Jones did not grow up in Memphis. She moved to the Bluff City from Kansas City, where her life had been very sheltered.
"Something normal to most kids like having cellphones, Playstations, things of that nature," said Sharon Mourning, Jones' aunt. "Almost like a third world child who had never seen these things."
Memphis offered Ms. Jones freedom to come out of the closet and into a large sum of money from a lawsuit settlement that she spent quickly.
"When she was 18, she received her first release. It was $120,000," Mourning said. Her niece spent most of the money on girls and partying.
Mourning tried to help her niece, who had spent all of her money and lost her way. In July Ms. Jones lost her life as she sat in her car with the engine running outside an apartment complex.
"Someone walked up to her vehicle, shot her once, killing her, got back in his vehicle and drove off," said Sgt. Joe Stark, Memphis Police.
"I am like, 'No, Marquita, this can't be,'" Mourning said. "I had just seen her last night."
Because nothing was taken, investigators don't have a motive and are not certain if the killer was a man or a woman. The getaway car was described only as an older red model type of minivan with a tan rear bumper.
"It could be a passion type of crime, or they thought she had crossed the line or I am not sure," Sgt. Stark said.
"It could be she was messing with somebody's girlfriend, could be a drug deal gone bad," Mourning said.
Sgt. Stark believes witnesses saw the car pace the parking lot and maybe even know the killer.
"I say they are just as much at fault as they guy or girl who pulled the trigger, because you say, you know and you are being quiet," Mourning said.
Memphis Police believe the killer was in the parking lot right outside the apartment where Ms. Jones had been staying. It's very possible someone noticed the car, possibly thought nothing of it then, but can help investigators now.
If you can help police with this cold case you are urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.