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Norton woman dies from gunshot wound

November 29th, 2012 1:47 pm by Steve Igo

NORTON -- An 18-year-old Norton woman has died from a gunshot wound to her head resulting in a new charge being filed against a former University of Virginia-Wise football player already facing two charges in the incident.


On Thursday, Norton Police Chief James Lane confirmed the death of Jahnae Foster on Wednesday. Foster was being treated for the gunshot wound at Johnson City Medical Center since the evening before Thanksgiving.


Melquan Shabazz Huntley, 21, was arrested Monday on charges of unlawful discharge of a firearm and unlawful shooting of a person in the commission of a felony. Lane said Shabazz was taken into custody once again on Wednesday night following Foster's death and charged with involuntary manslaughter.


"Once we learned (Foster) had passed away, we did obtain an additional charge on the young man who had already been charged in the shooting," Lane said. Huntley was taken into custody, processed and booked and currently held at the regional jail facility in Duffield, he said.


At 10:35 p.m. on Nov. 21, Norton police responded to a report of a shooting at Green's Mobile Home Park. Officers found Foster in a back room of the trailer with a bullet wound to the head.


Huntley was one of three other individuals in the mobile home at the time of the shooting. The resulting investigation identified him as the shooter, leading to the charges that were originally.


Foster's body has been taken to Roanoke for autopsy. Lane said the case "still remains active and under investigation, and the current charges could be changed" depending on the results of the ongoing investigation and findings by the medical examiner in Roanoke.

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