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Probe Continues in Louisburg Shootings

Posted April 2, 2008 2:49 p.m. EDT
Updated April 3, 2008 11:13 a.m. EDT

— Louisburg authorities say a woman shot to death at her work Tuesday morning had the phone number of her alleged killer stored in her phone.

Police Chief Rick Lassiter said Jarold Obrien Lee's phone number was stored in Amy Calamaco Alvarez's favorites, further indicating the two knew one another.

How they knew each other remained unclear, however. Lee was from Woodson, Ark., and apparently had driven to Louisburg to meet with Calamaco Alvarez.

Lassiter said detectives found mapped-out directions from Arkansas to Phelp's Staffing, where the 22-year-old woman worked, and they said Lee had stayed at a nearby Econo Lodge motel the night before the shooting.

Police said Lee shot Calamaco Alvarez and her coworker, Heather Miller, with a semi-automatic handgun Tuesday morning before shooting himself.

Miller told police that Calamaco Alvarez and Lee were talking Tuesday before the shooting took place, but detectives did not know what the y discussed.

Lassiter said investigators are looking into the possibility the two met online. They have seized two computers Calamaco Alvarez used at work and at home. Arkansas investigators also seized Lee's computer and are transporting it to North Carolina.

Police also have subpoenaed cell phone records.

Lee was on probation in Arkansas for a burglary conviction in an incident in which he drove his car through a woman's garage door. The woman's family said nothing was stolen. Police say it could show Lee had a history of domestic violence.

"The deeper we dig, the more of a pattern we're seeing with Mr. Lee," Lassiter said.

Meanwhile, funeral arrangements for Calamaco Alvarez have been made. A visitation is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Strickland Funeral Home in Louisburg. She will be buried 11 a.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery.

A memorial fund has also been established: Amy Calamaco Alvarez Memorial Fund, c/o House of Light Church of God, 481 Huford Harris Road, Spring Hope, N.C. 27882.