Family speaks out after man shot and killed on highway in Elizabeth City


Authorities say 19-year-old Joshua Dibuono was killed Monday night after a vehicle was hit by bullets on U.S. Route 17 in Elizabeth City.

The Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office said someone called 911 just before 8 p.m., and reported they were being shot at while going south on the U.S. 17 Bypass.

The sheriff’s office said the vehicle was hit “numerous times.”

They say Dibuono was hit by the gunfire and died. 

Witnesses reportedly described the vehicle as a red Dodge Neon.

10 On Your Side talked to Dibuono’s family who say they want answers and justice for their loved one. 

“I want to know who did it, I want to know why they did it, and why they chose him, why him? He didn’t deserve any of this,” said Dibuono’s fiancee, Caitlin Matthews.

Matthews says he was with two friends, seconds away from his destination, when bullets started flying from a passing car.

“They were in the car when they called 911 when shots started firing,” she explained.

Matthews says his friends called dispatch, and her.

She says when she picked up the phone, her heart dropped.

“The kids were so hysterical I could barely understand what they were saying. They were crying, they were screaming, they just kept saying they were traumatized, everything just happened so fast,” said Matthews.

She says she couldn’t make out much except for that somebody was shooting at the car, and that one of the bullets hit Dibuono’s chest.

She says despite being hit, he didn’t crash.

“He was able to pull over the vehicle that’s why I said he was able to save them boys,” explained Dibuono’s brother-in-law, William Wildey.

Wildey says they flew him to the hospital, but he didn’t make it. 

“They said that he passed away on scene, they revived him, got him stable enough to fly, then he passed once or twice in the helicopter, then on the operating table,” he said.

Wildey says there was no reason for any of this to happen to him.

“I just want to know who did it, I want to know why, I want justice to be served,” Wildey said.

“Why did you do it? You took a fiancé, you took a son, you took a brother, you took a best friend, you took an uncle, you took everything that we are,” added Matthews.

The family told 10 On Your Side they could use help with the funeral expenses.

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