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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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36 Comments on "Sheriff’s Office investigating death in Monkey Junction"

2015 years 9 months ago

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

2015 years 9 months ago

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…

2015 years 9 months ago

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.

2015 years 9 months ago

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

2015 years 9 months ago

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.


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