D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Around the country the families of murder victims gathered to make sure their loved ones are never forgotten. A ceremony was held at Courthouse Road Pier in Gulfport to mark National Day of Remembrance for Homicide Victims. In the crowd was a woman, who after six years, is still waiting for her mother's killer to be brought to justice.
Old photographs take Monet Perry back to happier times spent with the woman she was named after, her mother Monnette Manuel.
"She was always there for us kids," said Perry. "Very smart. Very intelligent. Easy going. Fun loving. Always involved in something. Loved her grandchildren. Loved her great grandchild. It's just a shame she's not around anymore to enjoy that."
On February 8, 2005 a family member found Manuel dead on her kitchen floor. Her daughter said the 64-year-old had been stomped on, stabbed and smothered.
"When somebody dies because of health issues or an accident, it's a little different." Perry said. "Whenever they're murdered it's like you want justice. You want retribution for someone just taking a big chunk of your life away in the blink of an eye. You feel helpless because there's nothing you can do. It's a totally different feeling and a totally different grief."
After her mother's death, Perry joined a support group for the families of murder victims.
"I feel that it has helped me tremendously. Even though I have worked through that initial shock period and just devastation period somewhat. I keep going because it not only helps me but, it helps me to help other people," said Perry. "So when new people come in and it's their first time and they've never talked to anybody whose been through it before, it really helps."
A suspect has yet to be tried for Monnette Manuel's murder. Perry said her prayer is that someone will come forward with information so her family can finally get closure and justice.
"We would love nothing more than to have this resolved, to have justice served and to have somebody who is a murderer off the streets and out of the community for everybody's safety. Not only for our peace of mind but for everyone," Perry said.
Perry said all she has now are memories and unanswered questions. Monnette Manual was murdered at her home in D'Iberville. Her daughter said the family owned and managed apartments and believes the motive for the crime was robbery.
If you have any information please contact the D'Iberville Police Department at (228) 396-4252.