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Peabody Magnet Grad Found Dead

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NEW ORLEANS, La. ( – A former Peabody Magnet High School graduate was fatally shot last Friday night in eastern New Orleans, according to officials. Police found Valan May sitting in his car in the 7900 block of Burke Avenue with a gunshot wound to the right side of his head.

May died at a hospital later that evening, said John Gagliano, chief investigator for the New Orleans coroner's office. He was 24.

A University of New Orleans student majoring in film arts, May graduated in 2007 from Peabody Magnet High School in Alexandria in Rapides Parish, his social media profiles say. He subsequently received an associate's degree from the University of Phoenix and enrolled at UNO.

At UNO, May was a sophomore, school spokesman Adam Norris said Thursday. May's social media pages suggest he was a devoted fan of professional wrestling, particularly World Wrestling Entertainment and its personalities.

He also wrote a number of love poems, some of which he posted on social media as well as on a website for amateur poets. One of his pieces was about losing "his one and only girl" to gun violence on her birthday.

"Never again into her hazel eyes will I gaze. / Without her it feels like I'm trapped in a maze," he wrote. "Never again will I hear her say 'I love you, Valan.' / That cuts into me like an eagle talon."

Attempts to contact the victim's family on Thursday weren't immediately successful. Investigators haven't discussed details on a motive or a suspect in May's slaying.

NOPD Detective Darrell Doucette is in charge of the case. Anyone who has information on May's killing is asked to call Crimestoppers at 504.822.1111 or toll-free at 877.903.7867.

People can also text tips to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637); text TELLCS and then the crime information. Callers or texters do not have to give their names or testify and can earn a $2,500 reward for information that leads to an indictment.

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