GARY, Ind. (WLS) -- Mary Felton, 74, a former Gary city and township official, was found shot to death behind the wheel of her car Wednesday night.
Those who knew her are devastated by the news, remembering her as a friendly and kind woman.
Chuck Hughs, COEO of the Gary Chamber of Commerce, said Felton was a fixture in Northwest Indiana government, and in the community. A certified accountant, Felton not only held various positions in the administrations of two mayors, but also worked for the Calumet Township Trustee's Office and the Gary Housing Authority.
She was also a former Gary Library board member.
In a statement, Gary mayor Jerome Prince wrote, "On behalf of my family and the people of Gary, I extend our condolences and prayers for peace and comfort to the family and friends of the late Mary Felton. Ms. Felton was a dedicated public servant in our city."
Officers found Felton's body Wednesday night around 6 p.m. while responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle near 8th Avenue and Lincoln Street.
The coroner said she suffered gunshot wounds and her death was ruled a homicide.
Friends and colleagues said her passing is an enormous loss for all who knew and loved her, as well as for the city of Gary.
Gary police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call detectives with the Lake County/Gary Metro Homicide Unit.