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USUNCC shooting victim receives degree, slain peers honored at graduation

02:40  12 may  2019
02:40  12 may  2019 Source:   citizen-times.com

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UNC Charlotte graduate Emily Houpt and victim Riley Howell were honored at the university's commencement ceremony on May 11, 2019. Angeli Wright, awright@citizen-times.com.

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CHARLOTTE — When Emily Houpt walked across the stage to collect her diploma at UNC Charlotte’s commencement on May 11, she received a standing ovation from the thousands of people gathered in the school’s packed basketball arena.

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Eleven days earlier, 23-year-old Houpt was shot while attending class during the final day of the spring semester. She was one of four students wounded in the shooting. Reed Parlier, 19, and Riley Howell, 21, didn’t survive.

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

The UNCC brass ensemble played its rendition of "American Elegy," which was composed in memory of the victims of the Columbine High School shooting 20 years earlier, said Debois, who then announced the creation of two scholarships named after Howell and Parlier.

In his address to the newly minted graduates, student speaker Samuel Adams also acknowledged the tragedy, though didn't dwell on it.

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UNCC Shooting Survivor Gets Degree , Slain Students Remembered at Graduation . A ceremony, just 11 days after the deadly shooting on campus, couldn't go on without honoring the students lost and injured Emily Houpt received a standing ovation from her class as did the family of Riley Howell.

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"Two weeks ago this a different speech, and two weeks ago this was a different campus," he said. "Two weeks ago our campus was whole."

Neither Howell nor Parlier would’ve graduated this spring. Parlier was completing his freshman year when his life was cut short. He was studying computer science. Howell, a transfer student from an Asheville community college, was in his junior year and pursuing a degree in environmental science.

The families of both men, however, attended commencement ceremonies on May 11.

The university conferred bachelor's degrees in memoriam on Parlier and Howell. The Parlier and Howell families collected their sons’ degrees at separate ceremonies. Both did so as thousands, some of whom wore “Charlotte strong” T-shirts, stood in honor of the slain students.

"We know Riley's passing on April 30 leaves your family with a hole that cannot be filled, but we want you to know he was an important presence on our campus," Provost Joan Lorden told the 23 members of Howell's family who collected his degree May 11.

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(CNN) A smiling Emily Houpt, one of four students wounded when a gunman opened fire at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte last week, received her diploma Saturday at a graduation ceremony.

Tribute to slain student in UNCC shooting . "One of the people receiving their degree this week is Emily Houpt, one of the victims , one of the injured," UNCC Chancellor Philip All students who intend to walk at graduation will be able to do so, Dubois added, regardless of the status of their final exams.

The university conferred degrees on more than 3,500 undergraduates and 1,250 graduate students on May 11.

How the shooting unfolded

The class in which Howell and Parlier lost their lives on April 30 had only just begun when former student Trystan Andrew Terrell, 22, entered the room and began firing, according to police and witnesses.

Armed with a handgun, Terrell shot 20-year-old Sean DeHart, 19-year-old Drew Pescaro, Houpt and Parlier before Howell tackled the shooter and was fatally shot in the process.

His actions saved lives, allowing others more time to escape the classroom, according to Charlotte Mecklenburg police and witnesses.

Outside of the Kennedy Hall classroom, students ran and took shelter, barricaded themselves in classrooms, took refuge in bathroom stalls, and hid under desks. Students sought refuge in the university's library, located just across the street from Kennedy Hall.

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

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Hero's honors for Howell

Waynesville native and TC Roberson alumnus Howell received a hero's welcome when his body was returned to the mountains.

About 1,000 people attended the funeral at Lake Junaluska, during which Howell, an ROTC cadet, was given full military honors.

Howell's younger siblings spoke about their brother alongside his longtime girlfriend Lauren Westmoreland, whose parents and brother also eulogized Howell.

The honors for Howell extended beyond his Western North Carolina home. Shortly after the shooting, the broad-shouldered, blonde-headed Howell was hailed nationally as a hero whose actions should serve as inspiration.

A week later, 18 year-old high school senior Kendrick Castillo died rushing a gunman inside the Colorado high school he attended.

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