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Gainesville woman shot in chest; boyfriend charged with murder
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Christopher Vargas Zayas

A 26-year-old Gainesville woman was shot and killed Thursday, Sept. 6.

Gainesville Police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said Carly Dorian Andrews suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest. She was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center where she died.

Warrants for murder were obtained for Christopher Vargas Zayas, 21, of Gainesville, who police reported is the victim’s boyfriend.

“All my condolences to her family,” said J.J. Martinez, who identified himself as a cousin of the suspect when speaking to The Times on Friday afternoon outside the apartment where Andrews was killed.

“We are law enforcement people,” Martinez added. “I don’t agree with anything my family member did. … It’s just a sad day.”

Gainesville Police responded at 2 p.m. Thursday to a call about a possible self-inflicted or accidental shooting.

Holbrook said police believe Andrews and Vargas Zayas were living together at 1750 Norton Drive in the Glenn Cove Apartments, where the shooting occurred.

Police are not releasing what evidence was found that led investigators to suspect Vargas Zayas, and no motive has been established by law enforcement.

Vargas Zayas has been transported to the Hall County Jail, and the case remains under investigation.

“They worked through the night processing the scene and gathering information,” Holbrook said of police investigators.