Fairbanks shooting victim dies; half-brother accused of murder

A 26-year-old woman shot last week died over the weekend and her half-brother is now charged with her murder, police say.

Benjamin James Kameroff Akaran, 19, shot Jasmine States on Jan. 30, according to Fairbanks police and charging documents.

Akaran was arrested on charges of attempted murder after a two-hour search that started when a man called 911 to say his friend was shot in the Aurora subdivision and the shooter had tried to chase him down with the gun as well, according to a sworn affidavit filed with murder charges.

Nearby schools were on lockdown during the search.

His mother told police that Akaran is States' half-brother, according to the affidavit.

The man who called 911 told police Akaran shot States the morning after he borrowed her car and got it stuck in the snow and then spent the night, the document says.

The 911 caller told police the morning was uneventful until Akaran looked at States and said, "'…what would happen if a loud bang went off?'" the affidavit states. Akaran then pointed a gun at her face and fired a single round.

States was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries and died Sunday after family members and the hospital "coordinated cessation of life measures," police spokeswoman Yumi McCulloch said Monday.

Zaz Hollander

Longtime ADN reporter Zaz Hollander is based in the Mat-Su and is currently focused on coverage of the coronavirus in Alaska. She also covers the Mat-Su region, aviation and general assignments. Contact her at zhollander@adn.com.