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App State student shot, killed at off-campus party

Posted November 22, 2009 1:50 p.m. EST
Updated November 23, 2009 10:23 p.m. EST

— A 19-year-old student at Appalachian State University was shot and killed during a party at an off-campus apartment in Boone Saturday night.

WFMY, a CBS affiliate in Greensboro, reports that Jay Franklin Derby, of Matthews, was shot in the Appalachian South Apartments on Faculty Street around 12:30 a.m. Paramedics said Derby was dead when they arrived.

Investigators believe the shooting may have been accidental. Derby and the shooter, whose identity hasn't been released were acquaintances, Capt. Jim Wilson told WFMY.

Mike Derby said his son was studying business and planned to be home for Thanksgiving.

The district attorney is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the shooting to determine what charges, if any, should be filed.