Army veteran, UNCW student killed in Pender County

Pender County Sheriff's Office investigates death on March 27, 2020. (Photo: Lakeeda Johnson / WWAY)

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — WWAY has learned new details about a recent death reported in the Cape Fear.

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of 23-year-old Christopher Duane Stewart, of Wilmington, who was found dead in Rocky Point Friday.

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According to an online obituary, 23-year-old Christopher Duane Stewart was a UNCW student who was obtaining a degree in criminal justice and forensics psychology.

Christopher Duane Stewart (Photo: via Quinn-Mcgowen Funeral)

Stewart served a tour of duty in Afghanistan in the US Army and then continued his military career in the Army Reserve.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family pay for Stewart’s funeral. As of Monday morning, more than $8,100 had been raised for the family.