Arrest made in fatal shooting of North Fork elder and historian Gaylen Lee

Gaylen D. Lee, an elder and historian from the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, was killed at his home in California over the weekend. He was 70 years old.

According to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, Lee was shot on the evening of Saturday, July 6. Robert Moye Jr., 46, was arrested near Lee's home and is in custody in connection with first degree murder.

“It’s just like somebody grabs your heart and rips it out of your chest,” Michael Lee Sr., the victim’s nephew. told YourCentralValley.Com of Lee's death.

Gaylen Lee is seen giving a bow making demonstration at the Sierra Mono Museum in photos shared on social media in July 2016.

Lee was the author of Walking Where We Lived: Memoirs of a Mono Indian Family, a personal account of his family's history. He was known for preserving and sharing Mono culture and history.

“He was so respected in the community, friendly, compassionate, peaceful man that there was,” Oakhurst District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler told YourCentralValley.Com.

Moye was living in some type of structure on Lee's property, Sierra News Online reported. Authorities found signs of marijuana and drug production there, the sheriff's office said.

"Narcotics agents are responding to the scene to continue the investigation. Additional felony charges related to the drug recovery may be pending," the sheriff's office said.

Gaylen Lee screaning with student

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Robert Eugene Moye Jr. is currently in custody at the Madera County Department of Corrections for first degree murder...

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