iStock(BATON ROUGE, La.) — A beloved 75-year-old community activist in Louisiana whose body was discovered in the trunk of her car died from “traumatic asphyxia, including suffocation,” according to an autopsy.Sadie Roberts-Joseph, who teamed up with police on an anti-drug and violence program, was found slain Friday afternoon when police were directed to her car parked in a residential neighborhood northeast of downtown Baton Rouge, police said.“It is with great sadness and respect to investigate any unexpected or traumatic death. When our investigation involved an innocent victim, such as Ms. Sadie Joseph, it is particularly tragic,” Dr. William “Beau” Clark, the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner, said in a statement.Police have yet to identify a suspect in Roberts-Joseph’s homicide but said investigators are working around the clock to solve the case.“She’s special. She’s touched so many people in this community over the years. She was a true public servant,” Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul told ABC News.Roberts-Joseph was last seen alive visiting her sister about 11 a.m. on Friday. Her body was discovered in her car a little over three miles from her home about 3:45 p.m. on Friday, police and relatives said.“We do know the time when she was last seen and the time, obviously, when the body was discovered. We’re working on that time frame and we’re focusing in on what happened between that time,” Paul said.The slaying of Roberts-Joseph, who was well known in Baton Rouge, came as a complete shock for her family and the community.“We’re devastated that someone has actually killed her and put her in the trunk of her own car,” Roberts-Joseph’s niece, Pat McCallister-Leduff, told ABC News.The victim’s sister, Beatrice Johnson, told The Advocate newspaper of Baton Rouge that Roberts-Johnson stopped by her house around 11 a.m. on Friday. She said her sister lived near her in the Scotlandville neighborhood of Baton Rouge and would check in with her daily.“Friday, she came by [because] she had mixed some cornbread, but her oven went out, and she brought it here to put in the oven,” Johnson told the newspaper. “The bread is still there. She never came back to get it.”Roberts-Joseph helped found the Odell S. Williams Now and Then African-American History Museum in 2001. The museum, now known as the Baton Rouge African-American History Museum, is housed on the campus of New St. Luke Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.She also organized the city’s annual Juneteenth festival at the museum, commemorating the abolition of slavery in the U.S., and partnered with Baton Rouge police to launch a Community Against Drugs and Violence program.In a recent interview with ABC affiliate station WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge, Roberts-Joseph said her work at the museum and the annual Juneteenth event was meant “to celebrate, to embrace” African American history and to “learn of our past and to be able to move forward in unity.”Baton Rouge police are asking anyone with information on the case to contact homicide detectives immediately.“I have no idea why someone would do such a heinous act or commit such a heinous act for someone who had nothing but love for this community and love for people,” Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome told ABC News.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The defeat to Palace leaves them with just one win in 10 in the league and Allardyce admits he does not want results to start praying on the minds of his players. “I think the level of performance is there but what we don’t want is to drain the confidence,” he said. “That is the last thing we need as a squad. We have to keep our confidence high and believe we will win more games between now and the end of the season and try to achieve a very high standard. “I can’t just accept good performances now, I need good performances with victories. We have to make sure we put ourselves back on the winning trail and in the next two games (against Chelsea and Arsenal) that is going to be extremely difficult.” Alan Pardew has an unblemished away record as Crystal Palace boss but believes it is an improvement in home form that will keep the Eagles in the Premier League. “We have got ourselves in a position where we can do the job in terms of staying in the Premier League at home now,” he said. “We really need to address that (our home form) when we play QPR. It is always better to win in front of your own fans at home, send everyone home happy, all the little kids, because then they will come back week after week. “It is just frustrating that we haven’t replicated that at home. The home form is everything I keep telling this group of players.” Former Hammers’ boss Pardew enjoyed a winning return to Upton Park as Glenn Murray scored twice before being sent off, with a Scott Dann header sandwiched between. Palace have taken just one point out of the last nine on offer at home but Pardew cannot place a finger on why there is such a contrast in results. “I don’t know. Since I have been here performances at home have been good actually,” he added. “We have been a little bit unlucky to lose and certainly against Arsenal, but when I look at the fixtures we have we have some more favourable fixtures coming to our place and hopefully we can improve on that record.” West Ham’s overall form continues to threaten the early-season work which saw Sam Allardyce’s side as outside contenders for a place in Europe. Saturday’s 3-1 victory at West Ham was Pardew’s fifth straight away win in all competitions since he replaced Neil Warnock in January, and also opened up an eight-point gap between Palace and the bottom three. Despite a 100 per cent win ratio on the road, a 2-1 victory over Tottenham in his first league game in charge remains Pardew’s only success at home and the 53-year-old now wants to use the remaining fixtures at Selhurst Park to ensure a third straight season in the top flight. Press Association