Chancellor identifies victims in UNC Charlotte deadly shooting
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - The two people killed and four injured in Tuesday's horrific shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte have been identified.
Chancellor Phillip Dubois said on WBT Radio Wednesday that the two students who were killed were 19-year-old Ellis Parlier, of Midland, and 21-year-old Riley Howell, of Waynesville.
The four students who were injured have been identified as Drew Pescaro, 19, of Apex, NC, Sean DeHart, 20, of Apex, NC, Rami Alramadhan, 20, of Saudi Arabia, and Emily Houpt, 23, of Charlotte, NC, Dr. Philip Dubois told WBT. CMPD has also confirmed the names with FOX 46 Charlotte.
Statement released Wednesday from Buncombe County Schools:
"We can confirm that Riley Howell, one of the victims of Tuesday's UNC- Charlotte shooting, is a 2016 graduate of T.C. Roberson High School. Our hearts go out to his family in this very difficult time. Buncombe County Schools student services department is providing counselors and a crisis team today at Roberson to provide support to teachers and students who may be struggling with this news.
We can also confirm that Riley's mother is an employee at Valley Springs Middle School. We have a crisis team in place there, as well. Our focus today is supporting Riley's friends and family as they cope with this situation. Extra counselors will be in place at these schools for as long as is needed. At this time, we will not be able to arrange any interviews with BCS staff members. We ask for the media's assistance in maintaining the privacy and dignity of our students, faculty, and staff during this grieving process."
Stament released Wednesday on behalf of the Parlier family:
"The family is still in shock and grieving over their loss. At this point, no one in the family is in a position to make a statement or answer any questions related to this tragedy.
There is a prayer vigil at Matthews Presbyterian Church at 2:30 today that was organized by family friends and co-workers. 207 West John Street in Matthews.
Please ask the community to keep all the victims and families in their prayers."
Dr. Dubois said three of the four students injured are undergoing surgery in the hospital and one student has been released.
[LISTEN to UNCC Chancellor Dr. Philip Dubois on WBT here]
The Lambda Delta Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega at UNCC confirmed that one of their fraternity brothers, Drew Pescaro, was injured in the shooting. He was taken to the hospital and was listed in stable condition.
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