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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The community is in shock after a Cape Fear Community College student was shot and killed leaving work last night in downtown Wilmington.

At this point, police say details surrounding the murder are cloudy.

Around 11 p.m. Thursday police say Josh Proutey had just finished work and was heading home. A short time later he was found dead in a parking lot next to the Community Arts Center near 2nd and Orange Streets.

“He was just downtown working and apparently at the wrong place at the wrong time,” WPD spokesman Det. Kevin Smith said.

Those who knew Proutey, who was from Clayton, described him as a typical 19-year-old who worked hard and loved his family.

Proutey was leaving the Community Arts Center after work.

Folks who worked with him on the show can’t believe what happened.

“It’s shocking, and it’s just a tough situation for us here,” coworker Jason Aycock said. “He was always a hard worker and dedicated to doing what he thought needed to be done, and he was always helping facilitate and make sure everything went off without a hitch.”

Though police say this appears to be a random act of violence that claimed Proutey’s life, they are still urging everyone to be cautious downtown as the investigation into the murder continues.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department at (910) 343-3600, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 531-9845. Information also may be submitted anonymously through Text-A-Tip. Enter Tip708 and the message; send to CRIMES (274637).

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2016 years 2 months ago

I don’t live in Wilmington and I didn’t know Josh but I did lose a son two years go. The best thing anyone can spend their time on is praying for his family. His parents will never be the same. It will be very hard for them to find joy in any holiday or celebration again. Just imagine how they will feel on Josh’s birthday every year. They have many hard days ahead and can use your prayers more than criticism of police or talking about how to protect yourself. They need your support to hold them up and… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

So, according to the WPD, Mr. Proutey was at fault, being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Will the city, or the WPD, please publish this secret list of the places not to be and at what times?

How dare law enforcement blame this young man. He was at his job, earning a living.

Will the scores of parents, and their children, be at the wrong place tonite when “Hobbit” is being performed? Is the WPD saying the city’s Community Arts Center is unsafe? How about the Children’s Art Museum, directly across the street? When is it the wrong… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

Looking into my son, Joshua’s, background is as useless and senseless as his death. Do we want to be a culture of people who blame the victim? Josh was typical in many ways. There is NOTHING in his background that we are ashamed of. One minor offense that was later dismissed can not change who and what he was. Find ONE person that knew Joshi that did not think he was AWESOME, KIND HEARTED, COMPASSIONATE, and FUN! This background check won’t help you know him.

2016 years 2 months ago

If you look at the starnews crime map. The majority of crimes are in downtown. WPD already has cameras everywhere, they patrol. Downtown has provided places where people can get cabs for the drunks. Here is the solution for reducing downtown crime. Reduce the number of bars. There are far too many bars downtown I believe 62-63 places licensed to sell alcohol. When a bar closes down a alot of them dont allow another bar to open in it’s spot but rather allow only a shop or resturant to be opened. This will slowly get rid of the bars. And… Read more »

milt frost
2016 years 2 months ago

joshua was a cousin of mine and he was a great young man who never caused any greif for anyone and i hope and pray they find the people responsable for this and though it will never bring josh back to his huge family of cousins,father 2 older brothers and 1 sister maybe it will save someone elses family from going through this.rest in peace josh we are with you!

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