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UNC-Charlotte shooter sentenced

The man who opened fire in an UNC-Charlotte campus classroom, killing Waynesville native Riley Howell, will now spend the rest of his life behind bars, after pleading guilty to two counts of murder Sept. 19.

The April 30 attack at the Woodford A. Kennedy building wounded four and also took the life of fellow student Reed Parlier, of Mecklenburg County. In the wake of the shooting, reports emerged that Howell had rushed the shooter, preventing him from continuing his attack. Those reports later proved true, posthumously catapulting Howell to national fame for his heroic act and earning praise from law enforcement officials who credited Howell with saving lives. Howell’s family later established the Riley Howell Foundation Fund, which supports organizations that help families affected by gun violence. A commemorative charity run, called the Mighty Four Miler, will be held in April and will benefit the Fund. 

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