Action Day: Heavy rain may cause flash floods Friday

Road rage incident led to young man’s death, Hampton family wants answers

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - A horrific crime in March left a family without answers and a killer roaming the streets.

The Pasquotank Sheriff's Office said a young man was gunned down during a road rage incident while driving.

The victim was Josh Dibuono. His best friend, Alex Ramsey, was the passenger in the car and spoke only to News 3 about the tragic incident.

Josh was headed to buy rims from someone he met online, but he and his two friends - who traveled from Hampton - never made it to the meet-up spot to finalize the deal.

The sheriff's office said road rage was to blame for the deadly violence.

They said when Josh passed a red Dodge Neon on the road, the car started following close to the back of Josh’s car. Authorities said Josh slowed down and the driver pulled up next to him, opening fire on his car.

Six bullets were fired at Josh’s car; he was struck. The 19-year-old was taken to the hospital, where he died.

“It was chaotic. It was unexpected,” said Alex. “All the sudden, the car just sped up alongside us and then everything all the sudden happened.”

The situation was traumatizing for Alex, who was sitting next to him during the entire ordeal.

It has also been devastating for Josh’s loved ones.

“Some days are really sad. Some days are angry days. Some days are spent just remembering him,” said Josh’s father, Nick Dibuono. Nick is frustrated no one has been arrested.

The Pasquotank Sheriff’s Office took News 3 out to where the shooting happened.

“People have no meaning to life anymore,” said Pasquotank County Sheriff Randy Cartwright. “It haunts you every day.”

They said they’ve pulled toll records, followed leads and done interviews, but there have been no arrests yet.

“Somebody took this young man’s life...traumatized all these families and is still out there walking free,” said Cartwright.

Josh’s family just celebrated what would have been his 20th birthday. They dread the thought of the holidays without him dressed up like an elf while his dad plays Santa for all the kids at church.

“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about him,” said William Wildey.

The outgoing BMX enthusiast loved fishing. His best friend wears a black hook with Josh’s ashes inside.

“We always went fishing,” said Alex. “That’s the thing we bonded the most on.”

Loved ones also got matching tattoos that read "Gone fishing" with Josh’s birth date to pay tribute to him.

“He is up there. Whenever we go out fishing, I’d like to think that he put an extra fish out there in the end of our hooks for us,” said Wildey.

The grief continues, as does their desire for justice.

“It’s scary knowing that he still on the loose. Josh was a victim. We don’t know if there are other victims, and we don’t know if there’ll be more victims until he’s caught and we know he’s behind bars. We live with that. He could do this to somebody else and destroy another family like he’s done to ours," said Nick.

The Pasquotank Sheriff’s Office said witnesses describe the suspect vehicle as a red Dodge Neon of an unknown year that was occupied by two or three black men.

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect vehicle or anyone who might have witnessed this crime is asked to please contact the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office at 252-338-2191 or the Crime Line at 252-335-5555.

Tipsters could be eligible for a $2,000 reward.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.