Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information:

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit is investigating a suspicious death of a 22-year-old woman who was found with a fatal gunshot wound in a Forrest Street apartment in Jersey City Monday night.

On Monday, August 31, 2020, just before 6 p.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to an apartment on Forrest Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Ocean Avenue where they found a lifeless 22-year-old female.

The victim, later identified as Francis Villa, had sustained a fatal gunshot wound and was pronounced deceased at 6:04 p.m. at the scene by Dr. Lee of the Jersey City Medical Center. The cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound to the upper body and the manner of death remains pending with the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey City Police Department are actively investigating this case. No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or

to leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.