New Details in Cullowhee Fatal Shooting

New Details have emerged in the fatal shooting that occurred in Cullowhee last Friday night. Search warrants reveal that Western Carolina University police believe that shooting victim Jacob Ray knew fellow student Aja Makalo, one of two charged with his attempted murder.

The warrants also indicate that police think that Jacob Ray was involved in drug activity.

According to District Attorney Ashley Welch, police are still searching for a motive in the deadly shooting, and possibly additional suspects. Warrants do not indicate who police believe fired the gun at Jacob Ray and Welch would not say exactly when charges will be upgraded to murder, but said those charges are expected to be filed in the next several days or weeks, and the investigation remains open.

Friends of Jacob Ray’s say they are planning a campus candlelight vigil in his honor.

It is set for 9 p.m. Wednesday at the fountain area of the university’s Central Plaza.