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Hundreds mourn slain UNC student; cops search for killer

(CNN) — Hundreds of students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill gathered Thursday to remember student body president, Eve Carson, who was shot and killed early Wednesday morning in a suburban neighborhood near campus.

We’ve lost someone who we cherish and love. We’re all in a state of shock, UNC Chancellor James Moeser told the students, who had gathered late in the afternoon under a cloudless sky in the grassy center of campus.

The death of any parent’s child or any student is a tragedy, but this is a tragedy magnified and multiplied by the number and depths of the relationships, meaningful relationships, that Eve Carson had on this campus, he said.

Eve Carson personified the Carolina spirit. … She felt the very pulse and heartbeat of this university.

The Chapel Hill Police Department confirmed earlier Thursday that Carson, 22, had been shot and killed. Officers responding to a report of gunshots around 5 a.m. Wednesday, in a neighborhood about a mile from campus, found her body lying in an intersection, police said. Watch authorities describe finding the student’s body

Carson’s blue 2005 Toyota Highlander, which they believe was stolen during the crime, was found about a mile from where her body was found after receiving a tip, according to The Associated Press.

Toby Rice, of Chapel Hill, told AP his wife discovered the car and called 911.

We saw it on the news and we heard the woman is the president of the student body, and she goes, ‘Oh my God, I just found the car,’ Rice said.

Carson, a UNC senior and native of Athens, Georgia, was heavily involved in campus affairs. A pre-med student double majoring in political science and biology, she was a recipient of the university’s prestigious Morehead Scholarship and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, according to a statement from UNC.

She has been taken from us in a terrible act of violence, Moeser told the students, who stood and sat somberly in front of him, some holding yellow daisies.

We are all hurting. We are all grief-struck, stunned, he said.

He said counselors will be made available for students, with nearby Duke University sending additional counselors to help.

An August YouTube video from a student-produced television news program, Carolina Week, shows Carson, smiling and gregarious, welcoming students back from summer break. She gave a video tour of the student legislative and executive offices.

I’ve really found that my experience has been enriched by the ways that we give back to our communities and our campus, she said on camera, sitting in her office, which overlooked one of the main roads through the university.

Also, I personally invite you to come hang out with me, she said, swiveling in her chair. I spend a lot of time in this office, and I love saying, ‘hi,’ and meeting new people. If I can help you, or if I can help you figure out how you want to get involved on campus, please come by, and let’s talk.

The Tar Heels scheduled a candlelight vigil for Carson on Thursday night in the campus pit — a common meeting place for students — Moeser said.

Let us be the university that Eve Carson envisioned, he said. E-mail to a friend

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March 7, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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