SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. – Family members and loved ones of a murdered grandmother said they are breathing a sigh of relief on Christmas, after police said two teens wanted in connection with the murder of a 58-year-old woman are now in custody.
Fulton County Police tell FOX 5 that 18-year-olds De’asia Ra’meke Page and Jared Kemp are charged with murder in the death of Toni Abad.
Police say Page turned herself in to Union City Police Sunday morning. They say Kemp was arrested Monday morning.
According to investigators, Abad’s body was found in the trunk of her own car parked behind the Waffle House at the intersection of Thompson Road and Highway 92.
Police tell FOX 5 someone spotted the suspicious car Friday.
When police arrived, they say they noticed the driver’s side window was broken before they discovered Abad’s body in the trunk.
Investigators believe Page was homeless.
Abad was a well-known and beloved employee at the Publix grocery located close to the intersection.
While officers have not released a motive for the crime, her family tells FOX 5, they believe Abad was killed while trying to do a good deed.
Abad’s family released the following statement to FOX 5 News:
“Many people would agree this was the hardest working woman they every met. This woman loved everyone else more than herself… She is survived by a 4 sons and 5 grandchildren. My mother tried to see the good in people even when it was ill-advised but she was very loved and will not be forgotten. Toni had just witnessed her 5th grandchild being born 6 weeks prior.”
Friends of Abad spoke to FOX 5, explaining they believed she showed kindness to strangers, even up to her death.
“How funny she was, how giving she was… Just knowing the senseless way she died and for no reason, and the brutal way they did [it ],”close friend Jolynn Griffin said, who was expecting Abad to stop by her Powder Springs home, before learning she was killed.
“She never met a stranger. She talked to everyone… They took advantage of her kindness,” said childhood friend Joe Bourassa, who tells FOX 5 that plenty of people in the Powder Springs area who knew and grew up with the local resident are shaken by the tragedy.
Customers of the Publix tell FOX 5, employees created a memorial inside the store dedicated to the beloved bakery and deli employee. People tell FOX 5 the woman was known for being kind to strangers, and enjoyed conversing with customers.
Police have not released a cause of death.
Both suspects are now in custody at Fulton County Jail.