WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington Police Department is investigating a suspicious death after a man was found dead in a car near 13th and Queen Streets.
Police got a call about the victim around 10:30 Thursday night.
EMS responded and found the victim, 60-year-old Zhen Bo Liu.
Authorities say Liu made deliveries for a local restaurant and was on duty when he died.
The exact cause of death has not been determined, but police said they do suspect foul play, and the death is now being investigated as a murder.
According to 911 calls, witnesses found the Honda he was driving in the middle of the road with the door open.
The caller said that he was bleeding from the neck and it looked like he may have been stabbed.
The caller also said they just have taken the money because the bag was on the ground and empty.
Another caller said it looked like he had been shot because he had blood on his shirt.
Most people who live and work in the area knew Liu as China King's delivery driver. Several folks stopped by the restaurant Friday, which was closed, and while many people say they didn't know him well, they say he was a good man, from the interactions they had with him.
Patrick Piner used to work with Liu at another Chinese restaurant a few years ago. He said most people there called him Shi-Fu.
"He was just a hard worker you know. He did a lot of the stuff in the kitchen and everything else, he was very reliable," Piner said.
He said a few months ago he went out to lunch with Shi-Fu and some of his friends.
"It was funny because afterwards when everybody was fighting about who was going to pay the bill he snuck away and paid it before anybody else did," he said.
"People have to be careful with what they do, what they say, how they present themselves," said Eppy Poulson, whose family owns the restaurant next to China King. "But this gentleman didn't do anything out of the ordinary, and that's probably what has most of us puzzled and upset today. He was just a nice guy doing a day's job."
Liu's body has been sent to Jacksonville for an autopsy.
Poulson says she thinks whoever is responsible for Liu's death didn't get away with much.
"Drivers will pretty much tell you, as most businesses will, if you go in to any of the convenience stores and whatnot, they have no large bills on hand," she said. "So these kids and this gentleman probably didn't have more bills than your average pizza delivery driver."
The incident has left everyone in the shopping center where China King is located talking.
"I think that security's an issue anywhere you go," said Poulson. "It doesn't matter what neighborhood."
Anyone with information is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department at (910) 343-3600.
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