EUREKA — Authorities no longer are calling the death of Jacob R. Lee last weekend at a house near here a suicide. Lincoln County Coroner Steve Schnackenberg said Tuesday that Lee died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. An investigation continues into whether his death was an accident.
Lee, 19, and Lorena Mocko, 16, of Fernie, British Columbia, were found shot to death around 1 a.m. Saturday.
On Monday, Schnackenberg said Lee committed suicide. A friend of Mocko's family said Lee and Mocko were at a party when Lee shot himself, accidentally killing Mocko in the process. The bullet passed through Lee's head, striking Mocko in the chest, said Jeri Mitchell, a close friend of Mocko's mother.
Lincoln County sheriff's deputies have confirmed that report.
Witnesses said that shortly before the shooting, Lee was waving the gun around and was asked to put it away, Detective Darren Short said.
Short said that instead, Lee turned the gun on himself and pulled the trigger, by accident or otherwise.
Lee's mother, Sheri Lee McClure, said she believes her son didn't know the gun was loaded and thus his death was accidental. She said she wants others to learn from the tragedy.
Services for Lee are scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday at the family's Spiritual Sky Ranch near Eureka. A memorial service for Mocko was scheduled for Wednesday at the Fernie Baptist Church.