Woman shot in Franklin Township was studying to be a nurse

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A 20-year-old woman who died after she was found shot in her car in Franklin Township was studying to be a nurse, according to her family.

Monserrat Noyola-Narvaez was studying to be a nurse at Raritan Valley Community College. She was living with her family in Somerset. Police found her slumped over in her car on Oct. 22 suffering from three gunshot wounds. Family and friends say that they believe that she was killed in a case of mistaken identity.

"I think that this was so unfair. She was very young. She was a hard-working girl,” says family friend Patricia Avila.

Noyola-Narvaez was driving a white Nissan Altima with tinted windows. She was found in her car at the corner of Phillips and Matilda. Police provided aid and revived her, but she died several days later.

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Her friend Jesus lives near where she was found. He agrees that she was wrongfully targeted.

“It must have been someone else they were looking for because she was a really sweet girl. No one would want to go after her,” he says.

After five days in the hospital, Noyola-Narvaez’s family chose to take her off life support.

Through an interpreter, Noyola-Narvaez’s sister says that the fact that she saved lives through organ donation brings them comfort.

"At least some parts of her body are still here with us and even if it's in other people’s bodies, [we] still physically feel like she's here with [us],” she says.

The hospital says that six lives were saved by the organs.

Meanwhile, the family holds daily vigils to remember Noyola-Narvaez. A funeral is set for Tuesday.

No arrests have been made. Anyone who may have information should contact Franklin Township police or the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

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