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Man accused of murdering Central cheerleader indicted

Published: Jan. 23, 2017 at 10:53 AM EST
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A man accused of killing a Central High School cheerleader was indicted Monday.

Court officials told Local 8 News that Riley Gaul, 18, was indicted on first degree murder, especially aggravated stalking, theft, tampering with evidence, reckless endangerment, employing a firearm during a dangerous felony, and felony murder charges in connection to the shooting death of 16-year-old Emma Walker.

Investigators say that on November 21, 2016, Gaul fired a gun into Walker's bedroom while she was asleep, killing the Central High School student.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office reported that Walker broke off a relationship with Gaul two weeks before officials say Gaul fired a 9 mm handgun into Walker's bedroom.

Gaul was previously a freshman wide receiver at Maryville College.

Walker was a cheerleader and honors student at Central High School in Knoxville.

East Tennesseans raised $25,000 to name a NICU room at the East Tennessee Children's Hospital after Emma Walker. Her dream was to become a NICU nurse.