Woman relives final moments with Jungle Rapids shooting victim

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It has been more than three weeks since someone shot and killed a 19-year-old at Jungle Rapids in Wilmington.

His funeral is set for tomorrow.

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As loved ones prepare to say goodbye, they still don’t know who pulled the trigger.

October 18th started off as a typical night for Melissa Hubbard until she heard gun shots.

“For some reason I just said, I’m like why are there gun shots. It just doesn’t make sense,” Hubbard said.



Hubbard was near Jungle Rapids when she went to see what was going on and was shocked to see someone she knew.

“When I got to him and looked in his face I realized that it was my co-workers son,” Hubbard said.

Hubbard said not long after realizing the teen on the ground was Christopher Tyler White, the person who was with him and called 911 for help, ran off.

“I can’t believe this is happening. He was rasping for breath and his eyes were glazed over. Ya know and I was screaming at the kid that was standing up, who shot him, who did this,” Hubbard said.

While trying to piece together what happened that night, Hubbard said White’s mother is thankful someone she knew was with her son.

“She’s destroyed ya know, that’s her oldest. Underneath it all, Tyler was a great kid,” Hubbard said.

She said White’s family is still suffering and Hubbard can hardly stomach passing the scene of a night she will never forget.

“It’s really hard and ya know I can’t even drive by Jungle Rapids now without being physically, I get physically, I just don’t even like it,” Hubbard said.

White’s murder is still unsolved.

Wilmington Police said it’s one of three unsolved murders in Wilmington since January.

Police also said they still do not have any new information on this case at this time.

White’s funeral is this Saturday.