Vigil held at NC State for victims in deadly UNC-Charlotte shooting

Wake County News

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — Several dozen gathered Thursday at North Carolina State University to honor the victims of the shooting at UNC-Charlotte.

“We would all like to think that this would never happen on our campus,” Jess Hansen, UNC Student body president said.

Many have a personal connection to UNC-Charlotte. Some even knew the victims.

“I don’t feel like there’s a threat moving forward and I feel that the university has moved forward really well with everything,” N.C. State Chancellor Randy Woodson said.

Two students were killed in the shooting, four others were wounded.

The two students killed were identified as Reed Parlier, 19, and Riley Howell, 21. Howell has been credited with charging the hero and saving lives.

Woodson confirmed Howell’s sister is a student at N.C. State.

Stephanie Speice is a senior at UNC-Charlotte. At the time of the shooting, she was one building over taking a test. That’s when she said another student ran in.

“They said there’s a shooting going on. The teacher was like just keep working because we don’t know what’s going on yet,” Speice said.

When the text alerts went out, Speice said they acted, barricading themselves in the classroom, closing the lights, and remaining silent.

“My adrenaline kicked in and I was just like OK what needs to happen. What’s going on?” Speice said.

For over an hour and a half, they waited, unsure of what had happened. Then the police came in and told them it was safe to come out.

Speice said she plans to head back to Charlotte on Friday and feels safe doing so.

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