Coroner: Missing student found in Lake Pontchartrain died from gunshot wound

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — A missing college student, whose body was recovered from Lake Pontchartrain, died from a gunshot wound, according to the coroner.

Marquise Jones was missing for weeks before the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said his body was recovered near the Bonnabel boat lunch Thursday.

According to Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jason Rivarde, a person was crabbing and saw a body floating in the water and called it in.

Jones’ mother said his driver’s license was still in his possession, which is how police were able to identify him.

His death is classified as a homicide, per the coroner, with the preliminary cause of death being from a gunshot wound.

Jones was an honor student at Southern University studying to be a nurse.

His family described what the last two weeks have been like not knowing what happened to him.

“It was extremely hard,” said Monica Populist, his aunt. “It was torture not knowing and wondering. It was a horrible feeling and you don’t wish it on your worst enemy. It has been the longest two weeks of our lives.”

Erica Jones, Marquise’s mother, says someone knows something about what happened to him.

“Someone knows something and we need help. We need help,” said Erica. “Marquise did not deserve what happened to him. He wasn’t the person to just go and take off and not contact someone in the family.”

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