Julie J. Nicholas, 21, who was shot to death Saturday night in the apartment of a friend in Beltsville, was a lifelong resident of the Washington area, a legal secretary and a member of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Washington.
She was born in Washington and lived the rest of her life in Kensington. She was a 1976 graduate of Albert Einstein High School and later attended Montgomery College, where she was a member of the pompon squad.
Miss Nicholas then was a secretary for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. She recently had become a legal secretary for Charles Morgan Jr. & Associates, a law firm. She also had been a part-time model for the Woodward & Lothrop department store.
At Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Miss Nicholas attended Sunday school and was a Sunday school teacher in 1977. She participated in church basketball tournaments.
She was a member of the Maids of Athena, an auxiliary of the American-Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA). She also was a junior member of the Greek Orthodox Youth of America (GOYA).
Prince George's County police said Miss Nicholas went to the apartment of Joseph Mackin Ganley, 28, in Beltsville Saturday night and there she Beltsville Saturday night and there she was fatally shot. Ganley, whom Miss Nicholas had been dating, later was charged with first-degree murder, according to police.
Miss Nicholas' survivors include her mother, Lula C. Nicholas of Gaithersburg, her father, James C. Nicholas of Kensington, a brother, Chris J. Nicholas of Gaithersburg, and a grandmother, Katherine Condylis of Largo, Fla.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in memory of Julie J. Nicholas.