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WCU STUDENT JACOB ALEXANDER RAY TAKEN OFF LIFE SUPPORT; TWO SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN SHOOTING OF WCU STUDENT RAY OF HENDERSONVILLE

THE FAMILY SAID THEY MADE THE DECISION TO TAKE THE 21-YEAR OLD OFF LIFE SUPPORT ON MONDAY, AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH JACOB'S WISHES, HIS ORGANS WILL BE DONATED.  

CHARGED WITH THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF HENDERSONVILLE WCU STUDENT 21-YEAR OLD JACOB ALEXANDER RAY. 

TWO SUSPECTS WERE ARRESTED OVER THE WEEKEND AND CHARGD WTH SHOOTING AND SERIOULY INJURING RAY   

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Ray was shot and seriously injured Friday near the WCU campus in Jackson County.  That shooting victim was identied Saturday by authorities at WCU and in Jackson County.

Western Carolina University officials confirm that the shooting Friday nightt happened near the campus.

News 13 reports that two people have now been arrested in the shooting of a Western Carolina student, and both are charged with attempted murder.

First the Western Carolina University Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation confirmed the arrest Saturday of Aja Makalo of Charlotte on a charge of attempted murder.

Now those agencies say they have also arrested Zavion Southerland, 17, also of Charlotte, on Saturday. Southerland is also charged with attempted murder in the shooting.

The Friday night shooting in which the two are charged seriously injured Western Carolina University student Jacob Alexander Ray, 21, near the campus.
Makalo is a Western Carolina University student. Southerland is not affiliated with the university,

Southerland was arrest by the SBI in Gastonia. On Sunday, authorities say he is being held without bond.
Police did not indicate the relationship between the two suspects arrested. News 13 has reached out for additional information.

The shooting occurred around midnight Friday along Old Cullowhee Road, adjacent to the campus.

Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher issued the following statement:

“We are deeply saddened by the news that one of our students was grievously injured in a shooting late last night near campus. Our university community is shocked and distressed, and our thoughts and prayers are with the injured student and his family and loved ones. The safety of our students is of paramount importance and violent acts such as this affect us all. The WCU police are doing everything they can to find those responsible. We will provide additional information to the campus community as soon as it becomes available.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Western Carolina University Police Department at 828-227-7301.

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