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Tribal leader Gaylen Lee was victim of fatal North Fork shooting

Gaylen Lee, seen in a 1998 photo, was identified Monday, July 8, 2019, by the North Fork Rancheria as the man slain Saturday by a gunman in the North Fork area.
Gaylen Lee, seen in a 1998 photo, was identified Monday, July 8, 2019, by the North Fork Rancheria as the man slain Saturday by a gunman in the North Fork area. Fresno Bee file

Tribal Elder Gaylen Lee was identified Monday by the North Fork Rancheria as the man slain Saturday by a gunman in the North Fork area.

Robert Eugene Moye Jr., 46, was booked by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office in the homicide.

“The North Fork Rancheria is deeply shaken and saddened by news of the death of our beloved tribal elder, citizen, and employee Mr. Gaylen D. Lee,” said a statement issued by the rancheria Monday afternoon.

“His passing is a great loss and tragedy to the families involved, our Tribe, and our entire community.

“The Tribal Council of the North Fork Rancheria would like to express our deepest sympathy and support to Mr. Lee’s family as well as all the tribal citizens., North Fork neighbors, and countless others that knew and loved him over his many years of service and care to our community.”

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Robert Eugene Moye Jr. Madera County Sheriff's Office

Details about the deadly shooting remain limited. The Madera County Sheriff’s Office, through a spokeswoman, said depties responded to a call of a family disturbance in the 33000 block of Mission Drive about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. It was reported that multiple gunshots were fired, and one person was hit. An arriving deputy found relatives loading a man who turned out to be Lee into a private vehicle to rush him to a hospital, but Lee died a short time later.

The sheriff’s spokeswman said uninjured victims identified Moye as the gunman, who was located in a wooded area near Lee’s residence. He was taken into custody and booked on the charges.

Detectives next served a warrant at the Moye’s home, where they found a marijuana grow and a honey oil lab, which used to convert marijuana into potent hashish oil.

The sheriff’s spokeswoman said Moye may also face drug charges.

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