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Mother remembers life of murdered son

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Joshua Proutey was described as a vibrant, hardworking young man who dreamed of being a marine officer and later a physicians assistant. All of that was taken away from him Thursday night in what police are calling a senseless act of violence.

"He was just a very loving kind, gentle soul, who I don't know ever had an enemy. I don't know that anybody would ever want to harm him. It makes more sense that it was random," Patty Proutey, Joshua's mother, said.

Joshua Proutey was a devout Christian who in his 19 years of life touched many lives.

"He spent a lot of years of his life in Guatemala doing missions trips and he would reach out to kids who had absolutely nothing and literally give him the clothes off of his back," Patty Proutey said.

After graduating from West Johnston High School in Benson, Proutey could think of only one place to start his college career.

"He came to Wilmington in August to go to school," Patty said. "He desperately wanted to live in Wilmington. He loved to be near the beach. He really was passionate about so many things that an ordinary 19 year old would not be passionate about."

It's that warmth and compassion that leaves his mother searching for answers as to who could do such a horrible thing to her son.

"There is no way that I will ever comprehend or understand why this happened to Joshua," she said. "As any parent who has been through this must know I could not believe that my beautiful, precious, gentle Joshie is not here anymore. I just need to know why."

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