LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The Nevada Army National Guard is mourning and remembering a soldier who was fatally shot Sunday at a house party. 

The Clark County Coroner identified the woman as Graciela Gomez, 22. According to the coroner, she died of gunshot wounds in a homicide that Las Vegas police responded to in the early morning of Oct. 31. 

Graciela Gomez National Guard

Graciela Gomez (courtesy Nevada National Guard)

Two other victims self-transported to UMC Trauma with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, police said.

Police said previously that five unidentified Hispanic males were refused entry to a party at the house. Shortly after, the suspects drove past the residence and fired several rounds striking the victims, according to police.

On Friday night, family and friends of Gomez gathered for a private candlelight vigil at Lewis Family Park. 

Her boyfriend, Yohfed Catalan, said they were childhood friends since they lived down the street from one another.

“I have a lot of love for her. A friendship for 18 years," Catalan said.

He described her as upbeat with a strong work ethic at an early age. 

“Very respectful. Hardest working person I know. I don’t think anyone her age has progressed as much as she has," Catalan said. 

According the the Nevada National Guard, Gomez was a specialist and member of a Las Vegas-based brigade who displayed "extraordinary service" working on the COVID-19 task force and in her other duties. 

The following is a statement from Brigade General Troy Armstrong, Nevada Army National Guard Land Component Commander: 

Specialist Graciela Gomez, a graduate of Las Vegas High and active member in the community, was an exceptional Soldier with a positive attitude and steadfast work ethic. Additionally, it's worth noting that she most recently answered the call and displayed great dedication and extraordinary service to her community over the course of the past year while working on the COVID-19 Task Force in Las Vegas helping our state get through the pandemic. We are extremely saddened at the news of this tragic death.

As was also reported in the press yesterday, her death comes a little more than a week after we received news of another 22-year-old Nevada National Guard Soldier, 2nd Lt. Nicollo Murillo, who died unexpectedly Oct. 22 while at a training in Virginia.

Both these Soldiers were rising stars in our organization who were well liked among their peers and our Nevada National Guard family. This undoubtedly affects all who served alongside both Specialist Gomez and 2nd Lt. Murillo. The Nevada National Guard provides support and assistance to all our members through our chaplain corps, directors of psychological health and military and family program staff. We encourage all members struggling through loss or for any other reason to reach out and seek assistance.

The Nevada Guard has a list of support contacts on its website, under “Military Support and Resiliency.”  

According to a spokesperson for the Nevada Guard, services have not been set yet for Specialist Gomez. Those who would like to donate can do so in a GoFundMe account created for the family.

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