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.”
.@NC_Governor Cooper has ordered NC flags at state buildings, grounds and facilities to remain at half-staff effective immediately through sunset on Wed, May 8 in honor of UNC Charlotte students Riley C. Howell and Ellis
R. Parlier. Read more here: https://t.co/bbz0OEv4u5 pic.twitter.com/CUfX5hychU — NCDOA (@NCDOA) May 3, 2019
On May 1, Cooper ordered flags at half-staff until May 3. Friday’s announcement extended that period.