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UNC Charlotte graduate Emily Houpt and sufferer Riley Howell receive been honored at the college’s graduation ceremony on May well well simply Eleven, 2019.
Angeli Wright, awright@citizen-times.com

CHARLOTTE — When Emily Houpt walked all the plot thru the stage to earn her diploma at UNC Charlotte’s graduation on May well well simply Eleven, she received a standing ovation from the thousands of oldsters gathered in the college’s packed basketball enviornment.

Eleven days earlier, 23-365 days-mature Houpt changed into shot while attending class one day of the final day of the spring semester. She changed into one among four college students wounded in the shooting. Reed Parlier, 19, and Riley Howell, 21, didn’t continue to exist.

“The tragedy we experienced on April 30 has shaken Niner Nation,” UNCC Chancellor Philip Dubois said at the outset of the ceremony before soliciting for a 2nd of silence in honor of the the injured and the dead. 

The UNCC brass ensemble performed its rendition of “American Elegy,” which changed into aloof in memory of the victims of the Columbine High College shooting 20 years earlier, said Debois, who then announced the appearance of two scholarships named after Howell and Parlier. 

UNC Charlotte graduate Emily Houpt hugs chancellor Philip Dubois as she is honored and given her B.A in Global Experiences one day of the University's Graduation ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Charlotte on May well well simply Eleven, 2019. Houpt changed into injured in the April 30 shooting at the college.

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A UNC Charlotte graduate wears a embellished cap honoring the 2 victims of the April 30 shooting at the college, Riley Howell and Ellis Parlier one day of the University's Graduation ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Charlotte on May well well simply Eleven, 2019.

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The family of UNC Charlotte shooting sufferer Riley Howell receives a standing ovation from graduates as he and his family are honored one day of the University's Graduation ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Charlotte on May well well simply Eleven, 2019.

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UNC Charlotte graduates applaud and presents a standing ovation to Riley Howell's family as he is honored and Howell is awarded a B.A. in Memoriam one day of the University's Graduation ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Charlotte on May well well simply Eleven, 2019. Riley Howell changed into killed in the April 30 shooting at the college.

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UNC Charlotte graduates applaud Emily Houpt as she is honored and receives her B.A in Global Experiences one day of the University's Graduation ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Charlotte on May well well simply Eleven, 2019. Houpt changed into injured in the April 30 shooting at the college.

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Riley Howell's mother, Natalie Henry-Howell hugs UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois as she and her family are honored and her son is awarded with a B.A. in Memoriam one day of the University's Graduation ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Charlotte on May well well simply Eleven, 2019. Riley Howell changed into killed in the April 30 shooting at the college.

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UNC Charlotte graduate Emily Houpt is honored as she receives her B.A in Global Experiences one day of the University's Graduation ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Charlotte on May well well simply Eleven, 2019. Houpt changed into injured in the April 30 shooting at the college.

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UNC Charlotte graduate Emily Houpt is honored as she receives her B.A in Global Experiences one day of the University's Graduation ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Charlotte on May well well simply Eleven, 2019. Houpt changed into injured in the April 30 shooting at the college.

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In his contend with to the newly minted graduates, pupil speaker Samuel Adams additionally acknowledged the tragedy, though did no longer dwell on it.

“Two weeks in the past this a distinct speech, and two weeks in the past this changed into a distinct campus,” he said. “Two weeks in the past our campus changed into entire.”

Neither Howell nor Parlier would’ve graduated this spring. Parlier changed into winding up his freshman 365 days when his lifestyles changed into minimize short. He changed into finding out laptop science. Howell, a transfer pupil from an Asheville neighborhood college, changed into in his junior 365 days and pursuing a diploma in environmental science.

The families of both men, nonetheless, attended graduation ceremonies on May well well simply Eleven.

The college conferred bachelor’s levels in memoriam on Parlier and Howell. The Parlier and Howell families silent their sons’ levels at separate ceremonies. Each and each did in tell thousands, some of whom wore “Charlotte tough” T-shirts, stood in honor of the slain college students.

“We all know Riley’s passing on April 30 leaves your family with a hole that can no longer be stuffed, nonetheless we favor you to grasp he changed into a well-known presence on our campus,” Provost Joan Lorden commended the 23 members of Howell’s family who silent his diploma May well well simply Eleven. 

The college conferred levels on bigger than three,500 undergraduates and 1,250 graduate college students on May well well simply Eleven. 

How the shooting unfolded

The class by which Howell and Parlier misplaced their lives on April 30 had easiest factual begun when dilapidated pupil Trystan Andrew Terrell, 22, entered the room and began firing, in response to police and witnesses. 

Armed with a handgun, Terrell shot 20-365 days-mature Sean DeHart, 19-365 days-mature Drew Pescaro, Houpt and Parlier before Howell tackled the shooter and changed into fatally shot in the process. 

His actions saved lives, permitting others extra time to flee the college room, in response to Charlotte Mecklenburg police and witnesses. 

Outside of the Kennedy Corridor school room, college students ran and took safe haven, barricaded themselves in study rooms, took refuge in rest room stalls, and hid under desks. Students sought refuge in the college’s library, located factual all the plot thru the avenue from Kennedy Corridor.

Police arrived at the scene within about four minutes and had Terrell in custody rapidly after. Terrell remains in custody and has been indicted on two counts of first-diploma homicide, four counts of tried first-diploma homicide and charges stemming from possessing a weapon on campus. 

Hero’s honors for Howell

Waynesville native and TC Roberson alumnus Howell received a hero’s welcome when his physique changed into returned to the mountains. 

About 1,000 folk attended the funeral at Lake Junaluska, one day of which Howell, an ROTC cadet, changed into given beefy militia honors.

Howell’s younger siblings spoke about their brother alongside his longtime lady friend Lauren Westmoreland, whose fogeys and brother additionally eulogized Howell. 

The honors for Howell extended previous his Western North Carolina dwelling. Rapidly after the shooting, the appropriate-shouldered, blonde-headed Howell changed into hailed nationally as a hero whose actions might per chance per chance well aloof support as inspiration. 

A week later, 18 365 days-mature high college senior Kendrick Castillo died speeding a gunman within the Colorado high college he attended. 

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