UNC Charlotte Marks Two Years Since Campus Shooting That Killed 2 And Hurt 4 Others
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A somber day on the University of North Carolina Charlotte campus, as Niner Nation marked two years since the deadly campus shooting that killed two students and hurt four others. People gathered both virtually and in person for the day of remembrance. 2019-2020 Student Body President Chandler Crean spoke in a pre-recorded speech and said, in part, “It was unbelievable that this could happen to such a special place like our university, but it did happen. And two years later, I have not forgotten the pain of that night and the days and weeks that followed.”
Friday, wreaths were laid, a memorial plaque was dedicated, and the two young men who were killed that day, Reed Parlier and Riley Howell, were remembered. “Two years ago, we made a pledge to never forget. I challenge all of us to continue to uphold our promise,” 2020-2021 Student Body President Tahlieah Sampson told a socially-distanced, in-person audience.
The school’s chancellor, Dr. Sharon Gaber, who wasn’t here two years ago, reflected on what she’s learned about Niner Nation through the tragedy. She said, “Most of all, you taught me about Reed and Riley. Their bravery that evening.”
No classes were held Friday on campus; the day was reserved for quiet reflection about an event that forever changed the fabric of Niner Nation. Student Kelsey Micheal says, “I just wanted to come out here today to pay my respects to them (the victims).” Faculty member Jamie Strickland said, “This day is a good day to remember how precious life is.”
Rami Alramadhan, Sean Dehart, Emily Houpt and Drew Pescaro are the four students who were hurt in the shooting.