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Friends, Neighbors Shocked After Deaths Of Long Branch Woman, Foster Daughter Ruled Homicides

A memorial is set up outside the home of Joan Colbert and Veronica Roach in Long Branch, N.J. (Credit: Jim Smith/WCBS 880)

A memorial is set up outside the home of Joan Colbert and Veronica Roach in Long Branch, N.J. (Credit: Jim Smith/WCBS 880)

LONG BRANCH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A memorial was growing Monday outside the Long Branch apartment where a woman and her foster daughter were found slain last week.

The deaths of Joan Colbert, 62, and Veronica Roach, 10, were ruled homicides Sunday.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, dozens of memorial candles lined the front walkway of the Lippincott Avenue home, leading up to a collection of balloons on the front porch.

Friends, Neighbors Shocked After Long Branch Woman, Foster Daughter Found Slain

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Jim Smith reports

“Sad,” Madeline Nelson, a friend of Colbert’s, told Smith. “The person that did it — you know I really wish they would hurry up and find a person.”

Nelson said she can’t imagine anyone wanting to kill Colbert.

“She’s the type of person that if you needed a ride somewhere, she would take you,” she said.

Police are investigating the deaths of Joan Colbert (pictured on left) and her foster daughter Veronica Roach (right) as a homicide. The two were found dead in their Long Branch, NJ home. (Credit: CBS 2)

Police are investigating the deaths of Joan Colbert (pictured on left) and her foster daughter Veronica Roach (right) as a homicide. The two were found dead in their Long Branch, NJ home. (Credit: CBS 2)

Neighbor Joseph Lebron said he is still shocked.

“I don’t know, man,” he said. “I couldn’t even think like that. This is crazy. Like, how can it happen? Like right across the street from me.”

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is not releasing many details, but spokesman Charles Webster said, “We don’t think that the community has to worry that there’s someone on the loose.”

Prosecutors are asking anyone with information about the killings to call 732-577-8700, or 800-671-4400 if they wish to remain anonymous.

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