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Body Identified as Missing Shaw Student; Former Boyfriend Charged with Murdering Her

Posted March 19, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— A N.C. State University student was charged Wednesday with murder in the death of his former girlfriend, who was reported missing 10 months ago. Her remains were found last week in Vance County.

Edwin Christopher Lawing, 22, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old LaCoy McQueen. McQueen, a student at Shaw University, was reported missing May 17, 1996. She was last seen near the NCSU Bell Tower. Police said last May that Lawing was the last person to see McQueen before her disappearance.

Highway workers in Vance County unearthed some human bones Thursday while working along U.S. 1 about two miles south of Kittrell near the Wake-Vance county line. A positive identification of the remains was made Monday by the Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill.

Sgt. J.M. Lynch of the Raleigh Police Department says Lawing had been a suspect in McQueen's disappearance for some time.

McQueen, who was 20 at the time of her death, is described as a popular and well-liked student at Shaw University. Some of her friends say they are dealing with some terrible emotions after months of wondering what happened to McQueen.

Regina Meyers says she's glad the waiting is over, but this is far from what she'd hoped for.

Ron Cornelous, another of McQueen's friends, says he can't imagine why anyone would want to kill her.

Just after McQueen turned up missing, some who knew her said she was pregnant and that she and Lawing had argued about it. Lynch says police think McQueen's pregnancy might have been a contributing factor in the dispute that led to her death.

Lynch would not comment on how McQueen died. Police say there was so much suspicion regarding Lawing's involvement that they might have gone to the grand jury without the body. The fact that McQueen's remains were found only hastened his arrest, they said.