A mother of three boys, two of whom are reportedly on the autism spectrum, was shot to death while ordering breakfast at McDonald's in Jacksonville, Florida on Friday. Now, police are searching for her killer.
Jamie Roque, 32, has been identified as the victim of the shooting by her family, according to the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has yet to officially release her name.
The victim was in the drive-thru line of a McDonald's when a man approached her and shot her, police say. They arrived on the scene to find the mother in her car with at least one gunshot wound. She died at a hospital within an hour, according to News4Jax in Jacksonville.
No arrests have been made and police are reviewing surveillance footage of the restaurant in hopes that it will help them identify the shooter. Police are also asking the public for help.
"With as busy traffic as there is around here, maybe some witnesses who saw something left, we really would love them to call JSO [the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office] and tell us what they saw," Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Detective Marc Musser told News4Jax.
Witnesses have described the alleged gunman as possibly a heavy-set black man with a low haircut who was driving a white four-door car.
Roque’s aunt Rose Mary Lopez, told the Times-Union that Roque was a devoted mother to her three sons, adding that two of them have autism. She said that Roque, who reportedly works as a hotel desk clerk, also took care of her mother.
“She was all about her kids and her mom, who has lost it over this,” Lopez said. “There wasn’t a bad, mean bone in that child. This is all so crazy.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office 904-630-0500 or JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org to report information about the case. To remain anonymous and to be eligible for a reward, contact First Coast Crime Stoppers at 866-845-8477 (TIPS) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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