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UGA Student Charged with Classmate’s Murder

A University of Georgia student was shot and killed Tuesday, Jan. 13 during a drug deal gone wrong, according to Athens-Clarke County police.

Min Seok Cho, 21, was “transported by private vehicle” to Athens Regional Medical Center, where he was declared dead of a gunshot wound, according to police.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the victim met the person or persons responsible for the shooting to exchange marijuana,” police said in a news release.

Cho’s body was taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for an autopsy. GBI, ACC police, UGA police and the Clarke County Coroner’s Office are investigating the homocide.

Police urged anyone with information about Cho’s death to call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 706-613-3342 or Detective Chris Brogden at 706-613-3888 ext. 312. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those individuals responsible for this crime.

Cho lived on Dunbar Lane in Winterville, according to UGA’s website. 

UPDATE Jan. 15: Police arrested Cormaine Goss, 21, and Andre Ruff, 18, on Wednesday, Jan. 14 and charged them with felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Cho was shot in the Baxter Drive area, near the Athens-Clarke County library, police said Thursday.

UPDATE Jan. 21: Police also arrested another UGA student, Lucas Amsler Raposo, 20, of Venita Drive, and charged him with felony murder, tampering with evidence and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. They said Cho, Raposo, Goss and Ruff got into a dispute while meeting to make a pot deal.