StarNews: Grief forum planned in response to CFCC student's slaying

By Ben Steelman
StarNewsOnline.com

 

An open forum on grief and loss sponsored by the Thalian Association will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center on Second and Orange streets in downtown Wilmington.

 

Counselors from the New Hanover County Schools will be on hand at the Hannah Block Second Street Stage to offer support and guidance for individuals who wish to come together in response to the slaying of Joshua Todd Proutey. The program is free and open to the public.

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I echo the reply of another commentor BE PREPARED when you are out alone, in a non populated area, day or night - don't leave yourself open to be taken over by someone with criminal intent. This goes for Wilmington or anywhere on this earth!

I work late nights at a large company in Wilmington, the parking lot is huge - when I walk out the door I have my keys in one hand,
my cell phone in the other and act like I'm talking on it even it I am not actually speaking with someone - this also will deter a criminal. I am lucky the security staff at my workplace are monitoring the parking lot on a multi view camera, but this still isn't enough for me to feel completely safe.

I feel so much for the mom of Josh and all the friends & others who knew him. Such a senseless way to lose your life! The creature that murdered him is just that - a creature in human skin. Have you seen Cromartie's mug shot? Look at it, soul-less eyes, defiant stare - so much like all the other murderers photos I've seen. I am in fear of my young daughter's life as she prepares to go to college next year, I am almost prepared to buy her a gun as much as I abhor them, just to give her a fighting chance against creatures such as Cromartie. So sad.

In light of the babies and school staff that also lost their lives to bullets, I sincerely hope that the US moves forward to stop the sale of automatic weapons and large clips to ordinary citizens. Of course there will still be guns such as the ones that killed Josh but at least the worst of the weapons would be off limits.

The Community Arts Center is negligent in the murder of Josh Proutey, by not instituting
a minimal safety plan for employees leaving the work premises late at night, in a dangerous neighborhood of verified criminal activity. At the very least, any workplace should issue enforceable protocols to ensure the safety of their employees which could include having employees leave the premises at the same time in a group, thereby dissuading crimes of opportunity. Many businesses already use these protocols to protect the safety of their employees, especially in high risk locations. Obviously, none of these types of closing security protocols were used by the Community Arts Center at the time of Josh Proutey's murder, for if security measures had been in place, this horrific crime would have never occurred. Part of the fault of this crime, rests with the Community Arts Center who failed to establish and enforce minimal security protocol for Josh Proutey, leaving him vulnerable to attack.

There is no company in all of Wilmington that REQUIRES employees to leave together in groups. Most companies, however, do provide security escorts UPON REQUEST of the employee. It does not sound like the victim requested such assistance nor did he seem too terrified to leave alone. The news reports state that he walked several blocks to buy a sandwich before returning to his car!! Your attempts to blame the victim's employer are laughable.

dressed up thug Chris Cromartie youtube video dressed up in his unc biography video, is this maybe why Josh Proutey was frozen in disbelief and shock? he could not believe people who looked like this were holding a gun to his head? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJHwIYRVMcU&feature=share

In no way is the Art Center negligent! This is the real world and crime is everywhere. I agree with the comment below... Even with a safety partner to walk out with, the crime still would've happened.

you,v got to be kidding.IS EVERY BUSINESS SUPPOSED TO WALK OUT EACH EMPLOYEE TO THE CAR? THIS WAS A RANDOM, TRAGIC INCIDENT. IF SOME ONE HAD WALKED HIM OUT , THERE MAY HAVE BEEN TWO DEAD PEOPLE. HOW ARE PEOPLE SUPPOSED TO KNOW THAT SOME NUTS ARE ON THE PROWL. I SAY HIND SIGHTS GREAT. LIKE SANDY HOOK AND ALL THE OTHER SHOOTINGS.PUT THE BLAME ON THE PERPS. THEY ARE THE ONES THAT DID THE CRIME. NOT THE COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER. MAYBE YOU SHOULD HAE BEEN THERE. VOLUNTEER YOUR SERVICES.

Having twice been approached late at night by very suspicious-looking thugs in two separate downtown parking lots, I say to those who come to downtown Wilmington to be extra cautious.

I'm brawny--a weightlifter--and I think that's what made the thugs just a little hesitant to approach me up close, but they were definitely up to no good and checking me out like a predator would.

Trust your instincts. Never enter a parking lot at night without your car keys in your hand. Be hypervigilant. If you see someone approaching you who might be capable of doing harm to you, push the horn button and let the horn blast away.

Better advice: Never enter a parking lot in downtown ILM after 10 P.M. You will be putting your life at risk.