Mother remembers life of murdered son
 
 

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Joshua Proutey was described as a vibrant, hardworking young man who dreamed of being a marine officer and later a physicians assistant. All of that was taken away from him Thursday night in what police are calling a senseless act of violence.

"He was just a very loving kind, gentle soul, who I don't know ever had an enemy. I don't know that anybody would ever want to harm him. It makes more sense that it was random," Patty Proutey, Joshua's mother, said.

Joshua Proutey was a devout Christian who in his 19 years of life touched many lives.

"He spent a lot of years of his life in Guatemala doing missions trips and he would reach out to kids who had absolutely nothing and literally give him the clothes off of his back," Patty Proutey said.

After graduating from West Johnston High School in Benson, Proutey could think of only one place to start his college career.

"He came to Wilmington in August to go to school," Patty said. "He desperately wanted to live in Wilmington. He loved to be near the beach. He really was passionate about so many things that an ordinary 19 year old would not be passionate about."

It's that warmth and compassion that leaves his mother searching for answers as to who could do such a horrible thing to her son.

"There is no way that I will ever comprehend or understand why this happened to Joshua," she said. "As any parent who has been through this must know I could not believe that my beautiful, precious, gentle Joshie is not here anymore. I just need to know why."

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The focus here should be this woman that lost the best part of her life..... reel it in ppl arguing about race is not what she needs or wants show her and any other person dealing with a tragedy like this love as much as you can give..... ppl need all the love and support they can get at a time like this. ITS NOT ABOUT YOU!!!

Seriously, THIS is the appropriate time to rant about race??? Sounds to me like YOU have the race card problem. . .

you know its real simple...when a black criminal is killed then the NAACP and Jesse Jackson hit the streets because its a hate crime and must be racially motivated.... but let a white woman be attacked in her home by a black man who beats her mercilessly and four blacks attack and kill a white man and we just ignore it ARE YOU KIDDING ME, GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR BUTT...Trevon Martin was a dope smoking violent man who the twisted media promoted his picture when he was a 12 year old kid...instead of the grizzled 17 criminal that he was when he attacked Mr. Zimmerman SOMEONE HAS TO STAND UP TO THE NAACP AND CALL THEM ON THE CARPET...THEY ARE FUELING THE PROBLEM MAKING THEIR PEOPLE BLIND AND STUPID TO THIS NONSENSE. IF A BLACK KILLS A WHITE LETS CALL IT HATE CRIME AND LETS RIOT ....NO THAT WOULD BE OVER REACTING...THIS IS WHY MANY WHITES DO NOT TAKE MOST BLACKS SERIOUS...WAKE UP JESSIE JACKSON YOUR SON IS A FELON AND WAKE UP NAACP YOU ARE DUMBING DOWN THE PEOPLE YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO BE HELPING

if this was a case like travon martin,,why arent the white people rioting i get so sick of the race card if this was a person of color and was killed by a white person you would have jesse jackson and his whole family of colored people rioting in the streets

Lets not go pointing fingers, the color of the skin and turn this into a race issue. What we have here is a terrible tragedy that took the life of an innocent young man. No matter what we say will ever bring Josh back to his family and friends. We all should be thinking of the family right now and praying that somehow they can get through this. I can only be thankful that the WPD were able to bring this to a quick end so the family can have some kind of closure. The only thing that I can think that would be worse would be this dragging on for ever and never knowing.

To the family and friends. May God be with you and help you through this tragic event. I did not know Josh but I do know his older brother Ben. I wish I had the opportunity to have meet Josh, I wish I could have shaken his hand.

Joshua Proutey was targeted because of his RACE.
Christopher Cromartie Jr. said "I figured if I robbed a white person… they're bound to have money lying around."
Anti-Whites support a blackout on black-on-White murders.
Anti-Whites support flooding White countries with non-Whites.
Anti-whites support White genocide and call it “anti-racism.”
They say they’re “anti-racist” what they are is anti-White
anti-racism is just a code word for anti-White.

WWAY SHOULD BE ASHAMED TO ACTUALLY POST SOME OF THE BACKWARDS COMMENTS THAT ARE POSTED. I REALLY DON'T EXPECT MUCH FROM THE INBRED UNEDUCATED BACKWARDS REDNECKS DOWN THERE IN WILMINGTON BUT WOULD DEFINANTLEY EXPECT MORE FROM A PROFESSIONAL NEWS CHANNEL. WHY DIDN'T ANY OF YOU MAKE COMMENTS ON THE SHOOTING IN CT. I KNOW WHY! SPOS!!

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Just a spelling correction from your friendly "redneck." Remind me again who is uneducated?

..and here YOU are calling people that live in Wilmington, "REDNECKS" and "INBRED... you should be ashamed of yourself. You have no right to stereotype anyone based on where they live. What you are doing just completes this cycle and causes more hate.