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Raleigh man accused of murder in weekend death

Posted January 13
Updated January 14

Gavin Joseph Zacherl

— A 31-year-old man was arrested Monday in connection with the weekend death of another man.

Gavin Joseph Zacherl, of 4129-206 Lake Lynn Drive, is accused of killing Andrew Jay Tongate, 28, of the same address.

Raleigh police were dispatched to the apartment at 6:40 a.m. Saturday in response to a 911 call involving stab wounds that were said to be self-inflicted.

Tongate was taken to WakeMed, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators haven't said how the two men knew each other or given a motive for the crime.

According to a 911 call, an unidentified male said his boyfriend had been doing methamphetamines and stabbed himself in the chest.

Zacherl was being held without bond in the Wake County Detention Center Tuesday.


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  • sllenterprises Jan 14, 2:36 p.m.

    I was there in an adjoining apartment complex, was awakened early in the morning and overheard the argument and the stabbing! The police questioned me as well as a homicide detective but I had no idea that it turned into a homicide until today, wow!

  • thats_bizarre_IMO Jan 14, 12:58 p.m.

    Who stabs themselves?

  • LivinDTR Jan 14, 10:45 a.m.

    AJ you will be missed...

  • brianlightsunltd Jan 14, 8:08 a.m.

    Very sad indeed! He seemed like a good soul.

  • susiearmstrong Jan 13, 7:50 p.m.

    Very saddened by the loss of a wonderful young man.