Police chase new leads on Thanksgiving 2016 murder

By: 
STEVE ROGERS
Staff Writer

Last Thanksgiving brought tragedy and grief to the Shaw family of West Point.

This year, the family gets an extra ray of hope as police say they have "promising" new evidence in the unsolved Nov. 25, 2016 shooting death of 21-year-old Dajah Shaw.

"It gives them a little hope this Thanksgiving, maybe a chance at some closure. We know they want it," West Point Police Chief Avery Cook said of the evidence which is being analyzed by the state Crime Lab.

Results, and a possible arrest, could come as early as next week.

"They were enthused. I think it helps them to know someone is still digging, still looking," Cook said of the conversations his investigators have had with the Shaw family.

Shaw was caught in the crossfire when gunfire broke out inside the crowded Bryan Union Hall at a concert by Memphis-based rapper Moneybagg Yo the night after Thanksgiving last year. She was shot in the chest.

Shell casings from two different weapons, which police have declined to identify to protect the integrity of the case, were recovered inside the building.

The chief wouldn't go into detail on the evidence but said a new investigator discovered it while going through the case file and reinterviewing some witnesses. WPPD also mentioned conversations with the Memphis Police Department, where the rapper, whose real name is Demario White, has been in trouble before.

"We discovered it after going into the file again, something came up from the witnesses. And the Memphis Police helped us out. We're continuing to work with Memphis," Cook said, noting the shell casings also are "some of the evidence" still being analyzed.

"We hope it turns out good. We believe it will, it's promising. We still don't know a motive but that's one of the things we did, we went back to try to figure out what was going on when it happened so we might be able to get a better idea of what happened. That is giving us a starting point," the chief continued.

"We hope we've got a better story for you next week."

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