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Slaying Victim's Son Killed in Apparent Drive-By Shooting

Posted February 27, 2008

— The son of an Orange County woman who was fatally shot on her front porch in November was killed late Tuesday, authorities said.

Gabriel Donald William Jacobs was found in his Ford truck on N.C. Highway 86 about nine miles north of Hillsborough after 11 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said. The truck had run off the highway and into a utility pole, they said.

Deputies had to break the passenger-side window of the truck to get to Jacobs. He was taken to UNC Hospitals, where he was pronounced dead.

The body was sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office to determine the cause of death.  Authorities said they found a small hole in the truck's driver-side door, and Jacobs had an injury to the upper leg and hip area consistent with that of a bullet wound.

Deputies were responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle at the Jacobs' family home in Cedar Grove when they found the wreck, said Lt. Ned Thorpe, of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Jacobs' father, Donald Jacobs, reported the suspicious vehicle, but deputies never found it," Thorpe said.

"I'm not sure it's a coincidence, but he made the call," he said.

Gabriel Jacobs is the son of Eva Marie Johnson Jacobs, who was shot in both legs and killed outside her Cedar Grove home on Nov. 26. Authorities said they haven't determined whether the two shootings are connected.

Eva Jacobs called 911 before she died to report a break-in at her house.

Her estranged husband said men at the house the day of the shooting were asking for his son. Gabriel Jacobs was questioned for several hours after his mother's shooting but wasn't considered a suspect in the case.

Reshaun Cates, 20, of 511 Park Ave. in Durham, and Doné Octavous Johnson, 20, no address available, were arrested in December and charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in Eva Jacobs' death. Authorities said the pair stole money and marijuana from the home.

Anyone with information about Gabriel Jacobs' death is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff's Department at 919-644-3050.


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  • sunflowerbubbles Feb 28, 2008

    Sounds 'fishy' to me...

  • SOCLOSE Feb 27, 2008

    Years ago you would've never imagined hearing stories like this around these parts, now its becoming more and more common. It goes to show that no one is safe anymore, in any area. Not even your own home.

  • Dayum Sessy Feb 27, 2008

    What a shame.

  • BIGCHEESECAMATO Feb 27, 2008

    If you deal with drugs, stolen property or people who do these things this is what happens. It is sad but true. Once you get involved in something it seems there is no way to hide it.

  • garnertoy Feb 27, 2008

    doesnt sound good

  • tooblessed Feb 27, 2008

    Sad but from the beginning, police mentioned the Son may have been the target. Now, I am beginning to think that's true.

  • common_sense_plz Feb 27, 2008

    UMMM, sounds like someone has somehting against someone in this family, 2 family member murdered within months of each other. If I were the father/husband, I think I would move else where. that is unless of course, he had somehting to do with the murders.

  • cuteboyd Feb 27, 2008

    2 wrongs don't make a right.