PAMLICO COUNTY -

Loved ones gathered Thursday morning for the funeral of a father killed in a shooting at a Pamlico County boat ramp.

The funeral for John Paul Zubia began at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory on 52 Bryant St. in Alliance.

Zubia was killed in a shooting at a boat ramp off Lee Landing road in Reelsboro, said Pamlico County Sheriff Billy Sawyer Jr. The shooting happened at about 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 13.

Zubia was 24 years old.

Two suspects have been arrested in Zubia's death: 34-year-old Cleveland Caraway, of Alliance, has been charged with an open count of murder, and 31-year-old Kristen Lee, of Grantsboro, has been charged with accessory after the fact.

A judge told Caraway he faces a maximum punishment of death or life in prison without parole if convicted. Lee could get up to 100 months in prison for the accessory charge, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Sheriff Sawyer said the deadly shooting stemmed from a fight over a woman (who is not the female suspect). Zubia, Caraway and another man were involved in that altercation. The other man beat Zubia with a baseball bat before Caraway shot him, Sheriff Sawyer said.

Sheriff Sawyer said the man who hit Zubia with the baseball bat was treated at CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern for injuries sustained in the fight with Zubia. Sheriff Sawyer told NewsChannel 12 that man will likely face charges.

Zubia is survived by his 4-year-old son, his parents, three siblings and a large extended family.

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Two suspects arrested in the shooting death of a man at a Pamlico County boat ramp faced a judge Friday morning. After their court appearances, NewsChannel 12 talked with the victim's cousin, who said he was there when the shooting happened.

Cleveland Caraway, 34, of Alliance, faced the judge first in the Pamlico County Courthouse in Bayboro. Kristen Lee, 31, of Grantsboro, then followed, as the victim's sobbing family watched.

Caraway is charged with an open count of murder in the shooting death of 24-year-old John Paul Zubia, said Pamlico County Sheriff Billy Sawyer Jr. The shooting happened at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday at a boat ramp off Lee Landing Road in Reelsboro.

The judge told Caraway he faces a maximum punishment of death or life in prison without parole if convicted.

"I want [Caraway] to stay in prison for the rest of his life, knowing his life will never be no better," said the victim's cousin, Neal Miller. "Unbelievable. It still feels like a bad dream, like I should wake up anytime."

Lee is charged with accessory after the fact because her car was used during the crime, according to Sheriff Sawyer. Deputies are also investigating whether Lee helped hide the gun used in the shooting, said the sheriff.

Lee could get up to 100 months in prison for the accessory charge, according to the District Attorney's Office. She has also been charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, and faces additional time if convicted of those offenses.

Attorneys were appointed to both suspects.

Caraway is still being held without bond. His next court date is scheduled for March 7. Meanwhile, Lee's bond remains at $100,000. Her next court appearance is set for April 25.

Sheriff Sawyer said the deadly shooting stemmed from a fight over a woman (who is not the female suspect). Zubia, Caraway and another man were involved in that altercation. The other man beat Zubia with a baseball bat before Caraway shot him, Sheriff Sawyer said.

Miller said he was also at the boat ramp when Zubia was shot.

"He hollered, 'Oh, he hit me, he shot me,' and he made it to the car and collapsed and then, he wasn't breathing," Miller said.

Miller said the bullet went through Zubia's left arm, and pieced his heart and lungs. Miller then called 911. But when help didn't come soon enough, Miller and other family members rushed Zubia to the hospital, Miller told NewsChannel 12. However, it was too late.

"My cousin's laying in the morgue now dead," said Miller. "It's terrible; there's no sense for this."

Sheriff Sawyer said the man who hit Zubia with the baseball bat was being treated at CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern for injuries sustained in the fight with Zubia. Sheriff Sawyer told NewsChannel 12 that man will likely face charges.