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Co-worker of murdered woman: 'Dark cloud hanging over'
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HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- She was known as a hard-worker and a dedicated mother.

WZZM 13 is learning more about the Holland woman murdered in Grand Rapids last week, as police actively search for her killer.

A city street-sweeping crew witnessed 31-year-old Melissa Moore being shot early Friday morning.

"I'm still in a state of shock," said Nate Toppen, Melissa's former co-worker.

Toppen, a seven-foot man also known as Tiny, says he worked with Melissa for 12 years at Coral Gables in Saugatuck. He is a doorman and she was a bartender, according to Toppen.

"It won't be the same there without her."

Toppen says another co-worker shared the bad news with him.

"Melissa had been shot and killed and I was just like, 'Oh, holy cow,'" Toppen said, "and I didn't know what else to say."

Moore was shot to death early Friday morning in Grand Rapids in front of a city street-sweeping crew.
Police are now looking for the suspect in a dark-colored Cadillac.

"I know she had a black Cadillac that she would drive to work and occasionally her boyfriend would pick her up from work in the Cadillac," said Toppen.

Her neighbors also told WZZM 13 that they frequently saw a man driving a black Cadillac to and from her home.

WZZM 13 checked with Holland police and they have no record of responding to calls at the address. Toppen says he never saw signs of trouble, either.

"I never noticed anything," said Toppen.

At this point, Grand Rapids police are not releasing details about the suspect.

"It's just going to be a dark cloud hanging over us, until we know justice is served for Melissa," said Toppen.

Toppen says Melissa, a mother of two boys, often worked long hours to support them.

"She was at work 10, 12 hours a day, and she always made sure her kids came first," said Toppen.

This weekend will be his first work shift without her there.

"She was awesome to work with, and everyone loved here there," Toppen said.

On Friday night, Grand Rapids police searched a northeast-side neighborhood for the murder suspect, but he was not found.

No further details are being released at this time.


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