SUPPLY, NC (WWAY) — On Dec. 13, 2012, Joshua Proutey left work at the Community Arts Center in Wilmington around 10 p.m. Police say as he was walking to his car near Second and Orange Streets, the 19-year-old was robbed of his cell phone, $10 and a sandwich. Then, the robbers shot him to death.
Joshua was just one of many people who died way before their time in the Cape Fear over the past year.
Friday night, family, friends and the men and women who try to bring victims justice remembered Joshua and 103 others at Brunswick Community College. The 13th Prosecutorial District Attorney’s office sponsored the 18th Annual Candlelight Memorial Service for people who died as a result of homicide, drunk driving, car crashes and domestic violence.
Garrietta Proutey was Joshua’s sister in law. She talked about how loved the Cape Fear Community College student was. On stage during a speech, Garrietta described what it was like to hear Joshua had been murdered.
“You know you watch TV and you see these shows and the moment you get news like that the actors on the show just go into hysterics and break down and cry. We didn’t do that that morning. The reality is when you get that news in that moment, you know that you’re supposed to cry, you want to cry. But, how can you cry about something that is absolutely not true. It’s unreal,” Garrietta said.
The service was started by Birdie Frink of justice for citizens. Frink formed the organization after her daughter, Amy, was kidnapped, raped and killed in 1994.