WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A family is now left searching for answers as to why four people decided to take the life of their teenage son.
Patty Proutey is wondering why her son, Joshua, was robbed, shot in the head and left for dead Thursday night in downtown Wilmington.
"He was a very loving, kind, gentle soul, who I don't know ever had an enemy," she said.
Joshua, or as she calls him "Joshie," was your typical college student. He had packed up and moved to Wilmington in August to attend Cape Fear Community College, according to his mother. He was making ends meet with the help of his parents and his new job at the Community Arts Center in downtown Wilmington. Patty said Joshua had plans of becoming an officer in the US Marine Corps after he completed two years of school.
Patty said her worst fears came true on Friday morning when police officers showed up to her workplace in Clayton to tell her of the news.
"There's nothing that anyone can tell me from this day forward until the day I die that's going to make sense," she said.
Patty said her son was a Christian, who dedicated much of his time to going on mission trips with friends and family. He also loved the beach and his friends.
Patty said she's trying to understand why the murder suspects chose Joshua.
For now, she's holding the memories of her son in her heart and getting ready to start the healing process.
Patty said she has no other choice but to forgive the four people who took her son from her.
WECT.com asked Patty if she wanted prosecutors to seek the death penalty in this case. She said she is going to leave that decision up to the court system.