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Police release name of man shot and killed overnight

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Wilmington man is dead after leaving a party overnight.

Police have identified the victim as Drayshawn Dowd, 20.

Around 12:24 a.m. officers responded to a shots fired call in the 4400 block of McClelland, according to WPD spokeswoman Linda Rawley. While officers were searching the area they received another call about a body in the front yard of 4410 McClelland Drive. That's where they found Dowd in the bushes. They say the victim had been shot several times. He died at the hospital

Witnesses told police Dowd had been at a party in the area and got into a fight before leaving. His body was found a short time later.

Police say their investigation continues.

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STOPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!

PLEASE PLEASE STOP! DRAY AND HIS FAMILY DESERVE PEACE. THE THINGS THAT THE IGNORANT INDIVIDUALS HAVE POSTED HERE ARE JUST THAT, THE WORDS OF IGNORANT INDIVIDUALS. THIS WON'T BRING BABY BOY BACK. I'M SO ANGRY AND HURT THAT THIS IS EVEN A NEWS STORY. DRAY LOST HIS LIFE FOR NO REASON. IT DIDN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY, YET NOBODY SAW FIT TO STOP AND REVALUATE THE SITUATION. THIS SO CALLED "STREET LIFE" THAT HE MAY HAVE TURNED TO IN HIS YOUNG ADULT AGE, WAS NOT HIM. IT WAS NOT HIS PERSONALITY AT ALL. ANYBODY THAT TRULY KNEW HIM KNOWS THAT. YES HE HAS A PAST LIKE SOOOOO MANY OTHERS (INCLUDING THOSE THAT ARE ON HERE JUDGING), BUT NO MATTER WHAT, HE DID NOT DESERVE TO DIE LIKE THIS! THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY DEATHS RECENTLY IN WILMINGTON OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND ITS HORRIBLE. NOBODY IS SEEING THE BIGGER PICTURE HERE. KIDS ARE TURNING TO A STREET LIFE BECAUSE THEY ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING THEY ARE NOT GETTING AT HOME. KIDS ARE KILLING EACH OTHER JUST TO PROVE THE POINT THAT THEY ARE "TOUGH". NOBODY IS SITTING THESE BABIES DOWN AND TEACHING THEM RIGHT FROM WRONG OR LEGAL SURVIVAL SKILLS. I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW PEOPLE CAN BE SO COLD AND CRUEL WHEN TALKING ABOUT A PERSON'S LIFE BEING TAKEN FROM THEM REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEIR PAST LOOKS LIKE. AT THE END OF THE DAY, HE HAD A FAMILY THAT LOVES HIM AND THIS IS NOT WHAT THEY NEED TO LOG ON TO THE INTERNET AND SEE. I PRAY GOD FORGIVES THE MAN WHO ENDED DRAY'S LIFE AS WELL AS DRAY FOR ANY PAST MISTAKES HE MAY HAVE MADE. I PRAY THAT GOD FORGIVES ANYONE THAT MAY HAVE TAKEN IT UPON THEMSELVES TO POKE FUN AT , OR SAY MEAN & NASTY THINGS ABOUT DRAY. I PRAY THAT GOD GIVES US ALL STRENGTH TO GET THROUGH ALL OF THIS MESS AND ALLOWS EVERYONE TO HEAL IN TIME FROM THIS TRAGEDY.

Every...

Every picture I have seen of him, he has been flashing gang signs. If you live that way you die that way.

HOW DARE YOU! REGARDLESS OF

HOW DARE YOU! REGARDLESS OF WHAT LIFE MY NEPHEW LEAD HE WAS A YOUNG MAN WHO SOMEONE OTHER THAN GOD DECIDED TO KILL! HE MAY HAVE TURNED TO THAT LIFE AS AN ADULT HOWEVER, BUT I CAN PROMISE YOU THAT WASN'T WHO HE WAS. DO YOU KNOW HIS STORY? DO YOU KNOW WHAT ALL HE HAS BEEN THROUGH? DO YOU KNOW HIM PERSONALLY? NO! SO PLEASE.....IF YOU DONT HAVE ANYTHING POSITIVE OR PRODUCTIVE TO SAY ABOUT HIM, KEEP YOUR WORDS TO YOURSELF!

Open your eyes so that your closed mind can see!

You're only seeing what you want to see. Tell me please, since when is a PEACE sign a gang sign? I'll wait... Exactly!! I despise the thoughts and opinions of some of the people on this page!

So Sad

Family my heart goes out to you all. I dont know this young man nor his family. I too have a SON and dont want any harm to come to him. I pray that the family have peace. I dont know all that he was involved in nor with BUT what I do know is that he is someones son, father, sibling, cousin and so on. People please teach and educate your children on words and how to let things go. Every ACTION DOES NOT REQUIRE A REACTION.

yes a very good boy!!

No child or human being is perfect.dre was a very good yound man. He was a hard working respectful person.ive known him and his mother for many many years.and she is a great mother.doesnt matter what you other people say about dre because we his family and friends know.he didnt kill no one rob nobody harm some one so why trash talk about him..he is the one who life was cut short. No baby no gang no hood beef..but of course a black young man killed you other peopl want to talk down on him because he is black..read the next article about how the people ran over some kids while texting or killing their parents and kids..smh

I guess no one at the party

I guess no one at the party knows a thing, right? Didn't see anything, hear anything and most likely scattered like roaches when a light is turned on in a fifthy kitchen.

This Man is Loved!!!!

People, before anyone says anything negative or ignorant about this young man's death, I would just like to remind everybody that this was a REAL person, not just another entertaining tragedy plucked from out of Internet-land. Drayshawn is a very well loved firstborn child, a new father, a devoted big brother, and an adored grandchild. My heart goes out to the Dowd family, for I personally know your loss is overwhelming.

was it an oversight?

you mentioned he is a new Father. Is he not a husband also?

get real

This young man was a burden on society. His police record proves he was in fact NOT a good person. Please accept reality and stop trying to defend this criminal. He has a child? Is he married? Does he pay child support? Does he take the child to the park, the parades?

A new father ?

Regardless of whether we're talking about this young man or some other person, being a new father really has nothing to do with anything. All it takes to become one is unprotected sex with another person.

If you Google up a street view of the neighborhood where the incident took place, you'll see well tended middle class homes and yet one or more party goers were armed. Why? It certainly can't be blamed on poverty.

He was a "well loved first born" and an "adored grandchild" and yet he still had a notable history of criminals activities. Why? It certainly can't be blamed on him being unloved.

The one thing all of these young black men have in common is that they share the same vision of young black culture. A cultural vision that embraces a vision of glorifying wrong choices. A cultural vision that's glorified in the rap and hip hop music they embrace.

Something has got to change in that culture. That change can only occur from inside the black community. That change will only occur if more senior members of that community pass down better values to the next generation. Apparently that still has yet to happen.

Maybe he should have been

Maybe he should have been home with his baby and wife/girlfriend (if she even happened to be home) instead of partying and getting himself killed........you think?

3 time winner

He has 3 upcoming court cases in 3 different counties for traffic offenses and drugs as well as a history of resisting police and receiving a stolen vehicle.

But wait for it, he was a good boy turning his life around. Around in circles.

Most young adults make some bad choices

The drugs were marijuana(what a joke) and he purchased a stolen car. I don't know what happened here but he has not been convicted of a violent offense. A lot of good people have made stupid mistakes as a young adults. Before everyone condemns this man, we probably should wait for the facts. If he is a thug it will reflect that, if not his loved ones deserve for him to rest in peace.

This big, bad dude, has a

This big, bad dude, has a pending case for possession of marijuana up to 1/2 oz. He was speeding and he does have a ticket for reckless driving. His receiving a stolen vehicle conviction was a misdemeanor. Resisting a police officer could be as minor as not giving information or talking back to an officer.

You make it sound as if he goes around selling drugs and wreaking havoc. In the whole scheme of things, he has been in a lot less trouble then most of the criminals and victims in Wilmington.

Why not leave an actual name

Why not leave an actual name with your comments! Instead you hide behind a computer as "guesty." Everytime I see a young black man killed, I see this filth in the comments. Pure evil and hatred. Regardless of what happened, or why it happened, this was a young man, a son, a father, a friend, etc. to someone. A human being who lost his life. Have some respect, some compassion. With your inhumane comments, your just as guilty as the individual who pulled the trigger! Instead of taking time to speak badly on behalf of someone you never met, why not take the time and do something that actually benefits society. Be a blessing to someone else.

warped world

Because I call him what he was, a criminal, you claim I'm the same as the criminal that shot him? You are part of the problem, you are a bad choice, poor life decision, criminal defender.

Good to see the typical ghetto response that he was a brother, son, father, uncle blah blah blah. That means nothing since he decided to commit crimes.

Do I really need to explain to you the concept of anonymous posting?

Guesty suffers from

Guesty suffers from delusions of adequacy. I personally think that he is a paid antagonist on this forum.

Really?

Please tell me how you came up with such a brilliant diagnosis. I've hit up Scott to put me on the payroll but he said it wasn't in the budget.

Why?

Why didn't his parents, family and friends take some time and do something like teach this boy right from wrong? Why didn't they raise him to be something that actually benefits society? And what's with the gang gesture with his hand in the picture? Yep he was a fine, upstanding individual of the community.

punks

These thugs are punks. Afraid to take a whopping and fight with your fist. Not to tough my daughter can fire a gun and kill someone. Not saying much. Exterminate each other.

I think that a punk is

I think that a punk is someone that sits on the outside and gives their opinion secretly without being proud of what they have to say and mention their name. Even though he may have made mistakes, God forgives us all, even you!!! because you are far from perfect as well.