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UNC Charlotte identifies slain students

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/01/19, 01:32 pm

UPDATE: The University of North Carolina at Charlotte clarified some details of the deadly shooting that happened Tuesday, including the names of the victims and the fact that the suspect had withdrawn from classes. The university said 21-year-old Riley Howell of Waynesville, N.C., and 19-year-old Ellis Parlier of Midland, N.C., died in the attack. Wounded were 20-year-old Rami Alramadhan of Saihat, Saudia Arabia; 20-year-old Sean Dehart of Apex; 23-year-old Emily Houpt of Charlotte; and 19-year-old Drew Pescaro of Apex. UNC-Charlotte spokeswoman Buffy Stephens said Wednesday that suspect Trystan Andrew Terrell, 22, withdrew from school earlier this year. Police disarmed and arrested Terrell in the classroom where the shooting took place.

OUR EARLIER REPORT (9:48 a.m.): A shooting by a lone gunman at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on Tuesday left two people dead, four injured, and a community struggling to understand the senselessness of the violence. “I just went into a classroom and shot the guys,” the suspect, Trystan Andrew Terrell, told reporters Tuesday as police led him away in handcuffs on the last day of classes. Terrell, a 22-year-old student at the school, was arrested on two counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder, and various weapons charges. Police who were gathering on campus to provide security for a concert rushed to the classroom where the shooting took place and arrested Terrell inside. “Our officers’ actions definitely saved lives,” Campus Police Chief Jeff Baker said. Students fled and hid during the shooting and sat through a lengthy lockdown as police secured the campus. Police have not said whether the people killed were students, faculty, or others.

“A student should not have to fear for his or her life when they are on our campuses,” said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat. “Parents should not have to worry about their students when they send them off to school. And I know that this violence has to stop. … In the coming days we will take a hard look at all of this to see what we need to do going forward.”

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 05/01/2019 02:09 pm

    My prayers are with the victims and their families.

    But, tell us, Governor Roy: why is this so much more terrible than killing babies who survive an attempted abortion?  Maybe if that shooter had been an abortionist, you would be calling him a hero instead of arresting him.

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Wed, 05/01/2019 05:19 pm

    We sure see a lot of reporting about the incidents where a malefactor uses a gun to harm innocent people. But there is scant coverage about the many times guns are used for self protection, to ward off an attacker or protect the home.

  •  Marlene's picture
    Posted: Wed, 05/01/2019 05:52 pm

    It never ceases to amaze me how people can miss the obvious.  The Governor said, "... this violence has to stop. … In the coming days we will take a hard look at all of this to see what we need to do..."

    Why is anyone surprised when people take out grievances on others after years of:

      - being told that human life is worthless unless it is wanted and convenient;

      - being told we are here by an accident of evolution, with no purpose in life other than to be happy;

       - being told that though we are accidents, we are still special and our lives should be easy and we should receive the same reward as everyone else, regardless of ability or effort;

       - yet also being shown that no one is special by removing recognition such as naming valedictorians so other students won't feel bad.

    How can any logical human mind process such contrasting statements and conclude they are all true?

    Leftists insist on removing God, prayer, and the Bible from schools, government, and public life, which removes the foundation for truth or even a common culture.  Then they have the nerve to act surprised when people react accordingly.

    The Governor should know "what we need to do" but I doubt he'll do it.  Speech about tougher gun control coming in 3...2...1...

  •  JenniMiki70's picture
    Posted: Thu, 05/02/2019 03:19 pm

    Riley Howell attended a local school in Buncombe County, NC, and is being hailed a hero after losing his life while attempting to stop the shooter. :'( May all of the families and friends of these young people find peace in Christ and His Holy Spirit.