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Texas College Murder-Suicide Victim Was Being Stalked by Her Killer, Says Her Dad

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The father of Janeera Nickol Gonzalez tells PEOPLE that the man who killed his 20-year-old daughter on Wednesday in an apparent murder-suicide at North Lake College in Texas had been stalking her for weeks.

A statement from police alleges that Adrian Victor Torres, 21, fatally shot himself Wednesday after fatally shooting Janeera in a common study area at the school. His body was found in a locker room shower in a separate building.

Janeera had been studying kinesiology at the school, and was just two weeks shy of graduation, according to Juan Gonzalez, her father.

“Everyone will tell you she was real sweet,” Gonzalez tells PEOPLE. “That’s just the way she was in life. She thought people were nice and judged people based on who they are, not what they look like. She didn’t think anyone would ever hurt her.”

Gonzalez says his daughter was not friends with Torres, but that the two had on-campus encounter prior to Wednesday’s shooting.

“He would be on campus and he would look at her,” Gonzalez explains. “He once ran up to her and said, ‘I have something for you,’ and he gave her a bottle of tequila. She didn’t think anyone would do anything like that to her. She saw the best in people.”

Gonzalez tells PEOPLE his wife, son, and other daughter are “utterly devastated” by Janeera’s murder. Instead of preparing for her graduation party, they are planning her funeral for next week.

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“She loved the sunflowers and the summer,” the father recalls. “She liked to be outside reading whenever it was nice and sunny. She was energetic and always up for a run. Everyone was her friend. She was the kind of person who didn’t see race or color.”

He adds: “She was wonderful. She had a lot of friends … she had no enemies.”

Gonzalez tells PEOPLE he and his wife rushed to North Lake College soon after learning there was an active shooter on campus. For hours, he said police “gave us the runaround” and would not confirm Janeera had been fatally shot. He says he didn’t learn his daughter was dead until 6 p.m.

Gonzalez says investigators told him Torres left a suicide note for his parents, detaining his plans.

“The police said he told his parents he was going to kill himself and the person that hurt him,” Gonzalez says. “He didn’t use names.”

Attempts to reach Torres’ parents were unsuccessful Thursday.

Police in Irving are not commenting on Janeera’s father’s claims Torres had been stalking her and that he left a suicide note.

A GoFundMe page has been setup to help pay for Gonzalez’s funeral expenses.