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POSTED: January 23, 2013 3:56 p.m.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Police in Savannah have identified a woman shot to death in her car as a 21-year-old Savannah State University student.

Rebecca Lorraine Foley was gunned down outside her apartment on the city's south side around 7 p.m. Monday, Savannah-Chatham police told the Savannah Morning News.

Foley was inside her Volkswagen Beetle when she was killed, police spokesman Julian Miller said.

"We found the car rolled into another car," Miller told The Associated Press.

"She was coming home," Miller said. "People who lived in the apartment complex tried to help. They took her out of the car."

Detectives were working to identify anyone who might have been in the area, Miller said. Police are also seeking leads from the public.

Foley had moved to Savannah from the northwest Georgia town of Summerville to attend college, said Mitchell Bush, her employer for nearly two years at the Bush Insurance Agency. Her mother lives in nearby Plainville, Miller said.

"She was a sweet, lovely child," Bush said. "She had a gorgeous smile that you'll never forget. She was just a very bright, hard-working, focused person who got along with everyone.

"I've never known her to have any problems, you know," Bush added. "Why someone would take her life is just beyond comprehension."

Foley had transferred to Savannah State from Armstrong Atlantic State University after the spring 2012 semester in order to change majors, university officials said.

"The Savannah State University family is saddened by the tragic incident that claimed the life of Rebecca L. Foley," the university said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Miss Foley's family and friends during this very difficult time. Counselors will be available to students through the Counseling Center in the Division of Student Affairs."

 

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