#UNSOLVED: Father of 2 shot to death while getting into car in Wilmington


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are looking for answers in an unsolved shooting in July of 2018.

The victim, Reuben Irvin, was 31 when it happened. As time continues to pass, his family is looking for justice in his murder.

“My daughter came,” Camellia Irvin said. “She woke me up and said, ‘Mama, mama! Reubin had just got shot.'”

On July 30, 2018, Camellia Irvin woke up to a real life nightmare. Her son had been shot.

911 Call: “New Hanover County 911. What’s the address of your emergency?”
911 Call: “We on 5th and Harnett. 5th and Harnett. He just got shot.”

Around 1:00 a.m., Wilmington Police got a Shotspotter alert from the 500 block of Harnett Street.

911 call: “We just heard about 6 or 7 gunshots.”

Lt. Kelvin Hargrove said, when officers arrived, they found the victim lying beside a black Range Rover. Hargrove said the victim, Reubin Irvin, was visiting friends in that area and was about to leave.

“He wasn’t driving,” Hargrove said. “I believe he was getting ready to leave the area and he was possibly approached by unknown perpetrators.”

Hargrove said they think the suspects were walking.

“They had to have been walking on foot, because some things lead us to believe there was more than one,” Hargrove said.

Hargrove said Irvin was rushed to the hospital and his mom followed.

“I went out there for a brief time and they pulled me in the back and that’s when they told me my son didn’t make it,” Irvin said.

“They basically executed my brother,” Latara Irvin said. “He didn’t deserve that. Nobody deserves that.”

Latara Irvin said her baby brother was known in the community for his smile.

“His smile, when you see him, was the first thing you noticed,” Latara said.

Camellia said Reubin could also make anyone around him smile.

“If he come in the room, he is going to make somebody smile and laugh about something,” Camellia said.

That is why she said it so difficult to understand why someone would do this.

“He wasn’t a bad kid,” Camellia said. “He was nice to everybody. If you asked Reuben for something, he would give it to you if he had it.”

She said it is even more difficult for his 7-year-old daughter to understand.

“She always asks about her daddy,” Camellia said. “She says, ‘Grandma, I know my daddy is not coming back, but what happened to him?’ She always says, ‘what happened to him?'”

Reubin also has a son who was born about two months after he was killed.

“You know, it just hurts that that baby has to grow up without a father,” Camellia said.

Lt. Hargrove said he does not know who did it, but he does know someone saw it.

“I know that it was late, but I know that people were out and people don’t just vanish out of thin air,” Hargrove said.

Hargrove said they need those people to come forward.

“Might of heard a car, saw a car or saw somebody running or walking real fast away from the area at the time the shooting happened. Just let us know. Crime stoppers or text a tip,” Hargrove said.”
“Which are completely anonymous?”
“Completely anonymous. Just give us the information and we will do the rest,” Hargrove said.

That information could put his family’s nightmare to rest.

“I have my good days and I have my bad days, but I’m not going to be able to rest until I find out who did this to my son and I just want to know why,” Camellia said.

“Just want to know why,” Latara said. “He didn’t deserve that. Nobody deserve that.”

Lt. Hargrove said Irvin was a validated gang member. His family says he was not. Hargrove said investigators do not know whether the shooting was gang related.

If you have any information, please contact Wilmington Police.

Categories: Local, New Hanover, Unsolved

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