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Family of murdered Taco Bell manager seeks answers

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Victim's sister & daughter want answers as to why she was murdered. Victim's sister & daughter want answers as to why she was murdered.
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Kenneth Temple, Gacolby Green and Renauldous Chisholm  (Source: Montgomery Police Dept.) Kenneth Temple, Gacolby Green and Renauldous Chisholm (Source: Montgomery Police Dept.)

A Montgomery murder victim was a woman who sought a fresh start and fought for a better life, only to have it taken away from her in a brutal and deadly attack. 

Alexis Pressley, 18, says things had finally turned around for her and her mother, Vettia Roche, after they lost everything when a tornado hit their home in Mississippi last year.

"We lost our home because of the tornado. We were right in the middle of the tornado," Pressley told WSFA 12 News.

They moved to Montgomery around Thanksgiving for a fresh start and to be closer to Roche's sister and cousin. They found a great church, a home and Vettia, or "Tia" as she was called, landed the job as the night manager at the Taco Bell on Atlanta Highway. 

"It's been amazing how we went from nothing to something," Pressley said. 

But she knew that something wasn't right when she woke up Monday and her mother hadn't come home. Pressley's concern grew when her mother did not respond to calls and texts and she asked a neighbor to drive her to school. On the way, they drove past the Taco Bell and saw police. 

Roche, 43, had been found dead behind the business by cleaning and delivery crews. 

According to court documents, she was shot multiple times and hit several times with a car jack during a robbery as she was leaving the Taco Bell. Her daughter says her killers were after the restaurant's bank deposit which Roche was responsible for when she closed out at night. 

"I just hate that she had to go so soon because I do miss her a lot. And it feels like I'm gong through the hard times over again," her daughter said. 

"I knew that God had worked out everything for her and now this," said Roche's sister, Tonya. "It's real hard to deal with. You see it on TV and the news all the time but you never think it will happen to you."

Two of Roche's coworkers, 19-year-olds Renauldous Chisholm and Kenneth Temple, were charged with capital murder in her death, Monday. They were men her daughter knew from visiting Roche at the Taco Bell.

Within hours of the interview, Montgomery police would arrest a third man for Roche's murder, 22-year-old Gacolby Green.

"I can't wrap my head around it. Why would you do that? I would rather you just taking the money if you're going to do something like that. Take the money, just don't take her life," Pressley said. "If they were here right now, I would tell them that whatever the judge gives them as their sentence, they deserve it because there was no reason for this. It's a job, just do your work. Don't take whatever you had out on my mother because she did nothing to you but tell you to get to work."

The owners of the Taco Bell issued the following statement Wednesday:

"This is a very sad and unfortunate human tragedy that has shocked us all and our thoughts and prayers are with Vettia's loved ones. We closed the store the last few days so we could focus on our team members and we are truly grateful for the outpouring of support this community has shown."

Signs posted on the business stated that the restaurant would reopen Thursday. 

Officials have not released any other details and declined to elaborate on how they identified the suspects.

As Roche's family continues to cope with loss and unanswered questions surrounding her death, they're also remembering the woman they loved. 

"She was hard-working and dependable and would do anything for anyone. She loved music. She played the trumpet and taught herself to play the drums," her sister said. 

"She's a Godly woman and I know she's in heaven with God. We're taking things day by day. I miss her and I love her. She told to be tough and I am trying because this is a hard time for me," her daughter added. 

An account has been established at Sterling Bank for Roche's family. Donations can be made to the Vettia Roche Account at any branch location. 

A memorial service for Vettia Roche is set for Sunday, March 16 at 5 p.m. at the church where she was a member, Consuming Fire Ministries on Eastern Boulevard in Montgomery. Her funeral is set for Friday, March 21 in her hometown of Pensacola, FL.

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