RALEIGH — Nelson Alvarez had been at work for no more than an hour Friday morning when his wife called and told him that police were investigating a body found along a dirt path about a half-block from their North Raleigh townhouse.
"She said, 'The police are here,'" said Alvarez, who moved from New York with his wife more than a year ago to Evergreen Forest Way at Thornton Commons, an apartment and townhouse complex off Capital Boulevard north of Perry Creek Road. "The police told her something happened. They wanted to know where was she last night and did she hear any gunshots."
Alvarez said neither he nor his wife heard anything unusual Thursday night.
Raleigh police said Friday evening that a teenager found along the path that morning was the victim of a homicide. Anthony Markice Bowling, 18, of Raleigh, had been shot.
Detectives with the police department's major crimes task force parked a mobile command unit near the entrance of the dirt path and spent Friday searching the area for clues.
Alvarez, who works for a pharmaceutical company, said many residents in the neighborhood walk to a nearby Sheetz store by cutting through the red-dirt road where the victim was found. Kids ride their bikes along the dirt trail, and dog owners use it to walk their pets after work.
"My daughter rides her bike back there," Alvarez said. "Not anymore."
Someone alerted police about the body about 9:30 a.m., police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.
Police have not made an arrest in the shooting. Investigators are asking anyone with knowledge that might assist the investigation to call the police department's detective division at 996-3555.
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