Fund started for apparent homicide victim

MCCC graduate Julia Niswender, 23, was found dead in her Ypsilanti apartment Tuesday night. Police are investigating the death as a homicide.

Friends of the Niswender family have started The Julia Niswender Fund to help the family pay for related expenses. Donations can be made at any branch of Monroe Bank & Trust.

Police said the cause of death has not been determined but they are treating it as an apparent homicide. No other details have been released.

Niswender was found around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in her apartment in the 1000 block of Huron River Drive.

A communications major at Eastern Michigan University, Niswender was expected to graduate next year. She was a student at MCCC from 2008-2010. 

She graduated from Monroe High School, along with her twin sister, Jennifer, who also was a student at MCCC before transferring to EMU. Jennifer Niswender was editor of The Agora during the 2009-2010 school year.