UNC honors Eve Carson

CHAPEL HILL It's been a year since the popular student body president was brutally murdered.

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.

Carson was involved in community service projects, and now many students are coming to grips with her death by giving back Eve style - donating their platelets to UNC hospitals.

"The bottom line is that donating platelets saves lives and that's a wonderful service to do for someone in memory of such a wonderful person," offered student Jimmy Waters.

For every student willing to give blood, money will be donated to a public service award in Carson's honor.

Click here to learn more about the blood donation program

The university has also launched a website listing various service projects throughout the month of March for students eager to volunteer.

"She just overflowed with this joy of being connected with people. Everyone felt appreciated when they hung out with Eve, and so in honor of that memory of her, we really want to encourage people just to expand that," student Kaila Ramsey explained.

Students are also encouraged to perform random acts of kindness - something her friends say she did every day.

"She just brought people together. She really did. I know it's very cliché, but she did," said friend Harrison Jobe.

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