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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say witnesses are not cooperating as they investigate the murder of a 20-year-old man over the weekend.

Around 12:24 a.m. Saturday 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 Drayshawn Dowd in the bushes. They say Dowd 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. But police say witnesses are not saying very much more. Rawley says detectives believe there are several people who know much more about what happened then they have told investigators.

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  • Daquan Franks

    Going through these comments it breaks my heart to hear how y’all talk about my boy. Just because he was a young black man that was shot he is classified as gangster or thug when he was the furthest thing from it. My boy held down two jobs and took care of his daughter it’s a damn shame how y’all pass judgment on us. R.I.P Dray I miss you man.

  • Hmmmm

    If witnesses are not cooperating, this is most likely gang related. Why snitch if the cops are just going to release you’re information to the public?. If you want people to come forward about gang activity, they have to be protected or they’re going to be dead within the week. If not them, maybe they’ll get to watch their family die instead.

  • Debra1979

    This is ridiculous that because he is a young black man that the sign he is throwing up is a gang sign. He is throwing up the PEACE sign. I don’t agree with gang activity at all but lets stop always assuming that because someone is black and young they are involved in a gang. I also find it strange that when the young white couple did the breaking in cars and everything else it’s no comments at all……. Now that is too funny…. WHITE IT’S RIGHT??? BLACK IT’S WRONG??? seems to be the way it is to me. It’s plenty white thugs too….. God bless this racist country we live in…

  • Aggravated

    First of all, learn the difference between a “peace” sign (first and middle finger up) and gang signs. I know all of you critics have seen hippies put up a peace sign and I’m sure that you didn’t call it a gang sign then, did you? You don’t even know this young man but you can talk about his lifestyle. Every young black man in Wilmington is not a thug or in a gang. When more than one of them are walking together, it doesn’t make them gang bangers looking for trouble, it makes them friends walking-simple.

  • Paddy

    U already kno who did it when the pressure is bought down on certain individuals then the truth would b revealed I jus think if u bad enough to commit the crime then face the time or u fake too but it’s a shame but ppl real tho smh

  • Not me

    If they were to say anything, it’s likely that the thugs that did the crime would take care of the loose ends. The police and DA don’t seem to get it.
    From traffic accidents, to minor crimes, all the way up to the most serious issues, they put all your personal information out there for the world to see on their incident / accident / arrest reports. “Who turned me in”? Just look at the online police report.

    See a person driving erratically, and call 911 for possible DWI? Your name and possibly more is on the report – publicly visible. Call the police because you and another person witnessed a hit and run of a parked car? They LOOK UP your home address, and home phone number and publish it.

    Here’s a good one, since it actually happened to me. Get your car stolen in a town just outside the city, and have it show up parked in the city or Wilmington and get identified as a stolen car. While the tow truck driver is working on towing the car, three people walk up and claim the car is theirs. He managed to keep control of the car, so it was recovered. The kicker? Wilmington PD lists MY personal info – name address, phone number, DOB, and DL number on the “incident report”.

    So, why doesn’t anyone “see” anything? They know that the PD will rat out the “snitch” In the case of a car theft, they would be ill advised to try visiting me to recover what they left in my car – I don’t have any of “the items” anyway since it was taken as evidence by MY local PD, but the more serious stuff?

  • kzpony

    ??? I have no idea what you posted about and I read it three times.

  • 10101

    Unfortunately, that didn’t work out too well, did it?

    When are they ever going to learn that a lifestyle based on false values has a much greater chance of failure than success?

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