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Thank you Laura Seel for giving the address in the headline of this story so informed individuals will not automatically think of this incident as "another downtown bar-related incident". Many people who live outside of the Central Business District and immediately surrounding neighborhoods sometimes have exaggerated negative impressions due to media reporting that any crime which happens seemingly within a couple of miles of the river is considered "downtown". Wilmington has a beautiful, historic and most unique downtown. Business owners and residents have worked hard to make downtown a great place to work, play, dine, shop and live. It is sad that stereotypes of unfortunate events cast a shadow of uncertainty about visiting, shopping, and being entertained in downtown Wilmington. I have made the effort to experience and witness this area at all times of the day and night and have very rarely encounter incidents which have cast this shadow through media reports. Our elected officials, law enforcement, city staff, business groups and residents have made downtown Wilmington a destination for many to enjoy on a regular basis. I have lived in downtown Wilmington for six years and find many warm welcoming similarities to my small eastern North Carolina hometown. I invite anyone in the media to experience Downtown Wilmington with me.

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