She was serious about her school work and had a good head on her shoulders.
She was easy to get along with and not the type to have enemies.
During this time, Nathan lived with appellant and their friendship was described as a big brother/little brother relationship.
Appellant cooked for Nathan, washed his clothes, cleaned the apartment, and often drove him places.
Nathan, however, said Shelley encouraged him to study and was not a bad influence on him.
In addition to talking with Ashley about the couple, appellant started texting her about them.
Shelley lived with another Art Institute student, Ashley Olvera, in The Falls apartment complex.
Shelley's boyfriend at the time was Nathan Shuck, who was also an Art Institute student.
She went to her usual Friday morning class the next day without seeing Shelley.
Appellant wanted to meet with her to talk, but he did not say exactly what he wanted.
He repeatedly asked if she was at school or the apartment.
People described Nathan as shy and a "mama's boy." He did not drive much and relied on other people to take him places.
In September, he and Shelley had only been dating two months, and their relationship was not considered "super-serious." In fact, Ashley described it as "like one of those little high school crushes you have, at first." It was an innocent relationship, which had not progressed beyond holding hands.