Student Hailed As Hero In UNC Charlotte Shooting Will Be Buried With Full Military Honors
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Officers escorted the body of Riley Howell, the UNC Charlotte student hailed as a hero in the tragic shooting that took place on campus on April 30th, to his hometown of Waynesville, North Carolina on Thursday.
Firefighters, EMS workers and police officers lined overpasses in multiple counties as Howell’s body was escorted from Charlotte.
On Friday, Wells Funeral Home confirmed Howell will be buried with full military honors.
According to his obituary, visitation for Howell will take place on Saturday, May 4th from 5-8pm at the Wells Events and Reception Center on Wells Events Way in Waynesville. A memorial service will then be held at 5pm on Sunday, May 5th at Stuart Auditorium located at 689 N. Lakeshore Drive in Lake Junaluska, NC.
Howell’s co-workers at UNC Charlotte have set up a GoFundMe page to help his family in their time of need. UNC Charlotte also has a crowdfund site established to help all those impacted by the shooting.
Howell and 19-year-old Reed Parlier were both killed in the shooting that happened inside a classroom at the Kennedy building on UNCC’s campus. Four other students were injured.
During a news conference, CMPD’s Chief Kerr Putney told reporters that Howell knocked the suspect, 22-year-old Trystan Terrell, off his feet which saved lives. You can watch the full news conference HERE.
Putney said, “He gave his life in the process. But his sacrifice saved lives.”
The Howell family sent WCCB a statement that in part reads,
“He was everyone’s protector. Always standing up for what he believed in and lending a strong back to those in need.”
This is video of Howell’s body arriving in Waynesville.
Click HERE for full details on the shooting at UNC Charlotte.