UNC to honor slain student

February 23, 2009 10:24:47 AM PST
The University of North Carolina plans to honor slain Student Body President Eve Carson at a special ceremony March 5.The event will be held on the Chapel Hill campus in The Pit beginning at 4 p.m. March 5 is the one-year anniversary of Carson's murder.

A news release said Chancellor Holden Thorp would participate and there would be a performance by the Clef Hangers, a male student a cappella group.

"For many of us, the loss of Eve Carson continues to occupy our thoughts," said Chancellor Holden Thorp. "This ceremony gives us a chance to remember and celebrate Eve together after a difficult year."

Police have said Demario Atwater and Lawrence Lovette, Jr. kidnapped Carson near her home. They're accused of holding her inside her SUV while driving to various ATMs to make cash withdrawals. Federal prosecutors believe Carson was shot at least four times before a final fatal shotgun blast to the head at the hands of Atwater. Federal court documents suggest Carson was killed to prevent her from identifying her alleged attackers.

Atwater faces the possibility of a federal death sentence. Lovette was 17 at the time of the shooting, making him ineligible for the death penalty.

UNC says it has been working to preserve Carson's legacy. As student body president, she worked to create a scholarship for students who have made outstanding contributions to the campus and community during their first three years. Carolina students, friends and family have made that a reality by establishing the scholarship in her honor.

In recognition of the spirit Carson brought to the University, the campus community has made plans for an Eve Marie Carson Garden on the southwest side of the Campus Y. The Board of Trustees' Buildings and Grounds Committee has approved a preliminary design for the garden.


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