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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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55 Comments on "WPD: Murder victim in wrong place at wrong time"

2015 years 10 months ago

this is a terrible tragedy that coul have, and should have been prevented. That being said, please become informed before you comment or continue to pass on untrue information. I live and work in downtown wilmington for almost 5 years now and have never had any problems of any consequence. I am consistently out late at night and I walk everywhere I go. I know how to handle myself and I look out for myself and the people around me. There are not shootings all the time as some of you have stated. The fact is that the crimes that do happen are typically teens attempting to rob people. more guns is not the answer, thats how these kids get guns to begin with. Downtown is a very small area and needs to be patrolled more effectively. sitting at an intersection waiting for drunks wont cut it. standing in front of bars waiting to break up fights wont cut it. These crimes are not committed by downtown patrons but by people aiming to prey on them. the police need to do a better job keeping a 10 square block area safe.

2015 years 10 months ago

It has become very clear to me now, that downtown IS the wrong place… at any time…

Dennis b.
2015 years 10 months ago

I know this family.and now living in nc. realley hope the lowlife that did this come to justice….. did not know josh,but knowing the family he was a good kid.what a shame…..

2015 years 10 months ago

If he was leaving work at the regularly scheduled time and walking home, or to his car, then wouldn’t he have been in the RIGHT place at the RIGHT time? Wrong place at the Wrong time implies that he wasn’t supposed to be there at that time.

2015 years 10 months ago

That is not mentioned.

Has the move of the Police Station out of down town a factor in crime in the area?

It is a curious situation



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