15 April 2022
Raleigh, N.C. — Caleigh Thomas-Bostic misses her father.
“My heart is broken,” Thomas-Bostic told WRAL News. “I miss him so much. I really do.”
Michael Bostic, 58, died after a stabbing in December 2021 at the entrance to a parking garage at the Wake County Justice Center.
Thomas-Bostic, 25, is asking is the man who killed her father to come forward. She said the surveillance video showing her dad walking down Davie Street, dropping his bag, running and then attacking a man from behind is hard to watch. Thomas-Bostic believes her father didn’t have to die.
Earlier this week, WRAL News obtained surveillance video of the stabbing through a public records request through Wake County. Eight surveillance cameras helped investigators piece the case together, according to Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman. Footage shows the 15-second scuffle leading up to a fatal stabbing.
Bostic was stabbed in the neck and a second time. The man who stabbed Bostic — who has not been identified — is then seen running away and across the street. Bostic collapsed on the sidewalk and was found unresponsive by someone walking down the street.
Freeman has decided not to file charges.
“It’s unfortunate when someone is killed under these incidents, but we can’t criminally charge someone who had a right to self-defense and exercised that right,” Freeman said.
Freeman says the two men knew each other, and the man who stabbed Bostic never called 911.
“It kind of makes it a little bit sketch that they knew each other and you try to say that my dad ran up on you and you had to use deadly force against my father when he didn’t have a weapon, it doesn’t sit right,” Thomas-Bostic said. “It doesn’t sit right.”
The interaction started at the GoRaleigh bus terminal a few blocks down the road. Footage shows a man walking down Davie Street.
Thomas-Bostic believes there is more to the story.
“We don’t know what transpired and led my dad to doing what he did,” she said.
In September 2020, Bostic was released from prison and was homeless. He spent most of his time in the downtown Raleigh area.
“He’s not a perfect individual, and he doesn’t have a perfect history with the law, but he would give the shirt off his back,” Thomas-Bostic said.
Bostic leaves behind two children, two stepchildren and five grandchildren.