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Shot hunter dies after three days on life support

Posted December 21, 2012
Updated December 24, 2012

— A Broadway man who was shot while hunting in Lee County earlier this week has died from his injuries, authorities said Friday.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said 26-year-old Robert Matthew Devitto was taken off life support and passed away about 1 p.m. Friday at WakeMed in Raleigh.

Deputies said the case is now being investigated as a homicide, and they are asking the public for help in finding out who killed him.

Devitto was found by friends shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday after he failed to return home after going out alone on a duck hunting trip. They found him on North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission game lands on Lower River Road near Gunther Road, authorities said.

Devitto was airlifted to WakeMed in Raleigh in critical condition.

Investigators released photos of the victim’s truck Friday, hoping to gather information in the case. They believe there were at least two other vehicles parked to the left of Devitto’s red Chevrolet.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 919-775-5531 or leave an anonymous tip at 919-718-4577. A cash reward is offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

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  • clickhere Dec 21, 7:55 p.m.

    robprince89 - I stand corrected, must have missed the middle paragraph, although I looked for this info before posting.

  • robprince89 Dec 21, 7:37 p.m.

    @clickhere:

    Read- He was on Nc game lands. I don't think he was doing anything wrong or trespassing. Don't be so quick to judge. Prayers for this man and family, especially this time of year.

  • clickhere Dec 21, 7:24 p.m.

    Part of the risk, maybe part of the thrill. Hope he was not hunting on private landing. Many land owners are wary this time of year with hunters wandering across their land. Understood that there are many good / ethical / careful hunters in NC but on the other side there are to many that think they have rights to hunt whereever they want to. I've met them face to face, so don't need any rebuttal here, only constructive criticism. Sorry for this man, but not enough information to know the circumstances.

  • Phyxius1 Dec 21, 5:58 p.m.

    My prayers and thoughts to his family on this unfortunate incident.

  • Scubagirl Dec 21, 5:40 p.m.

    sad. Hope they can determine what really happened.