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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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  • PISSED OFF RELATIVE

    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.

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