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Family, friends gather for celebration of life ceremony for Joshua Proutey

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A picture of Joshua Proutey and his friends at prom. A picture of Joshua Proutey and his friends at prom.
Some of the flowers for the service. Some of the flowers for the service.
More than 200 people are expected to attend. More than 200 people are expected to attend.

CLAYTON, NC (WECT) – Hundreds of people are expected to attend a celebration of life ceremony Wednesday for a teen who was shot and killed in Wilmington.

Joshua Proutey was shot in the head and left for dead Thursday night as he was walking to his car after working at the Community Arts Center in downtown Wilmington.

"He was a very loving, kind, gentle soul, who I don't know ever had an enemy," his mother, Patty Proutey, said.

Patty said Joshua was your typical college student. He had moved to Wilmington in August to attend Cape Fear Community College. She said he was making ends meet with the help of his parents and his new job at the Community Arts Center.

According to Patty, Joshua had plans of becoming an officer in the US Marine Corps after he completed two years of school.

A celebration service will be held in honor of Joshua Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. at Cleveland Community Church in Clayton, NC. The family will receive friends from noon until 3:00 p.m.

Authorities arrested and charged four people in connection to Joshua's death.

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