North Carolina: Student, ROTC cadet, killed tackling school gunman, gets Purple Heart, Bronze Star
This undated file photo provided by Matthew Westmoreland shows Riley Howell. A North Carolina police department has honored college student Howell and his family after he was killed when a gunman opened fire inside a classroom. News outlets report the family of UNC Charlotte student Howell received the Civilian Medal of Valor on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. (Matthew Westmoreland via AP, File)
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (AP) 05/24 — A University of North Carolina-Charlotte student who was killed when he tackled a gunman who opened fire inside a classroom has been posthumously awarded military honors.
Twenty-one-year-old Army ROTC cadet Riley Howell was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.
The family of Riley Howell receives his diploma during UNC Charlotte commencement exercises on Saturday afternoon, May 11, 2019. Howell died in the UNC Charlotte campus shooting on April 30. (David T. Foster III/The Charlotte Observer via AP)
The Charlotte Observer reports Waynesville police Chief William Hollingsed and Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher presented Howell’s family with the medals Wednesday. They were provided by Thomas Matteo, president of the Purple Heart Society.
Riley is credited with saving lives during the April 30 attack on the Charlotte campus that also killed 19-year-old student Ellis R. Parlier and wounded four others.
Authorities have charged 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell with murder, attempted murder and other offenses.
Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com
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