Cooper orders flags at half-staff in honor of slain UNC-C students

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Governor Roy Cooper has ordered that North Carolina flags at state buildings, grounds and facilities will remain at half-staff through sunset on May 8 in honor of two students killed during a school shooting at UNC-Charlotte.

The students, Riley C. Howell and Ellis R. Parlier were tragically killed in the school shooting on April 30, 2019.

Governor Cooper issued the following statement:

“The shooting at UNC Charlotte has left our state with a heavy heart this week. We saw a swift, coordinated and brave response and we must put that effort into preventing future tragedies. On behalf of the entire state, I extend our deepest condolences to the victims, loved ones and UNCC campus community during this difficult time. We are grieving with you.”

On May 1, Cooper ordered flags at half-staff until May 3. Friday’s announcement extended that period. 

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