A college student who was "nice to everybody" was found dead in a parking lot in a tiny Texas town — the first murder there in nearly two decades, officials said.

Corinth police said Amanda Clairmont, 21, was found shot inside her car in a vacant parking lot off an interstate Sunday and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to KXAS-TV.

"It was parked up against the fence, lights on, passenger door was opened," said police Lt. Jim Gregg. "This is our first homicide investigation in 17 years."

The Denton County town has a population of around 19,000 and is close to the University of North Texas, where Clairmont was a senior majoring in religious studies.

"If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. I LOVE YOU AMANDA," her father, David Clairmont, tweeted Sunday.

Amanda Clairmont had aspirations of becoming a makeup artist, according to her Instagram page and friends.

Some of her high school pals described her as a great person who was "nice to everybody," and they couldn't understand why she was killed, the local Fox affiliate reported.

They said Clairmont had been out with other friends Saturday night.

"I think it'll give all of us some sort of comfort if they find out who did it. I just really want justice for her because she didn't deserve this," friend Amy Darzi said.

Clairmont's brother told the outlet the family was finding comfort knowing his sister was reunited with their mother, who died of cancer when Amanda was 9.

He said the family was delaying further comment until the killer is caught.