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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A grisly discovery this morning in New Hanover County. Deputies say someone found 33-year-old Michael Lamar Smith dead inside a car in a Monkey Junction parking lot.

Judy Niedwiecky works at Edward Jones Investments, which is just two doors down from where a middle aged man was found dead outside of the Blockbuster on South College Road. She says she came into work just before eight thursday morning and parked in her usual spot.

“I noticed the car sitting two aisles away from me, but I didn’t think too much of it,” Niedwiecky said. “I thought maybe it was some early prep person for Ruby Tuesday.”

It turned out to be much more.

“It was pretty desolate other than a couple of cars,” New Hanover County Sheriff’s spokesman Cpl. Jerry Brewer said. “It was just sitting in an open parking lot.”

Brewer says investigators do not know much about what happened.

“They found a male subject in the passenger side of the vehicle with apparent gunshot wounds,” he said. “EMS arrived and investigation by detectives is still going.”

Niedwiecky says she was just glad she didn’t park closer to the car.

“I was just grateful that whatever took place took place two aisles over, because had it been right near my car, I would have looked inside, thinking maybe it was a client waiting for me, and that would’ve been hard for me to have seen that,” she said.

Sheriff’s deputies have not confirmed what led to Smith’s death.

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  • Guest

    just keep reading people in this town can be very mean spirited

  • Guest

    who are some of these folks to make judgements on others?

  • Guest

    Mike was a gregarious, warm and funny guy. He always made me laugh. I know he will be missed and hate that s this is what has made me think of him. I hope all of mikes friends and family can take comfort in all the great moments of his life and the memories they have of him.

  • Guest

    Mike WAS a nice guy; sure he may have done some stupid things in life but hey, who hasn’t? I doubt anything he could have done warranted being murdered! He was in the wrong place at the wrong time, in the wrong situation. Regardless, it is a tragedy for him to die way before his time and I feel for his family and loved ones. Everyone needs to stop being so harsh- it is VERY disrespectful (not to mention in bad taste) to speak so badly of him so shortly after his death! Mike, you will be missed.

  • Dixie

    What a great person that was taken from this earth. HE is loved by many friends and family members. He was such a awesome guy and he will be missed always.
    I’m sure all of you would want good things said about you when you leave. Be nice, live and love.

  • Guest

    STOP JUDGING! Mike was a very nice guy! RIP Mike you will be missed buddy

  • Guest

    I believe the people who are judging Mike on his past are the ones who have nothing better to do with their time. Mike was a good man no matter what his past was. He will still be missed by the people who knew him and grew up with him. Mike was a man who enjoyed making people smile and laugh. He helped me through a hard time in my life when my father past away and I never got to return the favor. It is now time to celebrate his life and remember his time with us. If you want to be a rude person and talk about a man who has lost his life without knowing the facts then you must be a sad person who feeds off others suffering. RIP Mike you will be missed by the ones who did have the pleasure of knowing you in our lives.

  • GuestAwe

    I cannot believe how cruel people are online…
    I don’t know the guy or his family, am sorry it happened…
    But look at all the stones being cast…
    Everyone on this board has something in their past they are not proud of…
    Most everyone has done something stupid at one point or time in their lives that they could have been arrested for.. Out of those only a very few get caught doing those one or two stupid things.. Mostof us grow up and learn better.. Then there are those thatdo stupid things, and keep on doing them and wind up being a menace to society and need to be kept locked up…
    My point being.. We don’t know this man’s past or what it entailed, or why he did what he did.. Maybe he was a dumb kid doing stupid things.. Maybe an addict, maybe set-up, maybe he’s a habitual criminal.. We don’t know…
    So dang.. stop being so judgemental people.. It’s absurd and shows what a negative person you are and also what you say may hurt this guys family or friends… Why would you want to knowingly hurt someone’s feelings who you don’t know…?
    In my book, that’s just as bad as the things he did in his past, making you guilty of being a bad person.. Or maybe.. Just guilty of saying something stupid that one time…

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