OAKLAND PARK (CBSMiami) — Nearly three months after Nicole Franco was killed inside her Oakland Park apartment, her parents passed out fliers in the area where their daughter lived.

They came to South Florida from their home in New Jersey desperate to find her killer.

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“It’s just a horrible thing to happen,” said Nicole’s mother, Teri Franco.  “It shouldn’t have happened, it really shouldn’t have happened to a 19-year-old going to college.

“Just minding her own business going back-and-forth to school, work, school, work,” added her father.

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Nicole came to South Florida to study at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale and moved into the Bridgewater Place apartments, a gated community.

Her parents said she was a talented pastry chef who hoped one day to open her own bakery.

According to officials, Franco called 911 in the early morning hours on June 3rd to report a burglary in progress in her apartment. but she wasn’t able to give the operator the apartment number.  Investigators  eventually found an open sliding glass door and Franco’s body inside.

“I don’t know how they live with themselves knowing what they did to an innocent person who had a heart of gold,” said her mother.

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Now, Franco’s parents are asking anyone with information to tell investigators.

They say it’s too painful knowing whoever killed their daughter is still out there.

“Somebody knows something so they need to come forward, clear their conscience, have the courage have the heart,” explained Franco.

As detectives continue to investigate, Franco’s parents vow they’ll do everything they can to catch the killer of the daughter they loved so much.

“She’s with us, I believe that with all my heart that she’s here with us helping us and she will help us get this person.”

There is a $5,000 reward for anyone who has information that will lead to an arrest.

Anyone with information is urged to call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.

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