UNC costumed for a cause

CHAPEL HILL It's been more than a year and a half since she was murdered. She was killed after being kidnapped from her Chapel Hill home near campus.

Carson wore many hats while at UNC. Friends say her enthusiasm for life also extended to Halloween festivities in Chapel Hill.

So others wanted to share her enthusiasm at what was being called the "Eve Ball" at the Carolina Inn on UNC's campus Friday.

The theme was "Don't come as you are, come as you want to be."

From a Mad Hatter, to a host of pirates, to a deck of cards, lots of costumed people were not being themselves as a way to remember someone who touched so many by always being herself.

"She loved dance parties, that was like her thing," UNC senior Jason Gonzalez said. "I mean everyone knows that she just loved to have a good time with her friends in the midst of her busy, chaotic schedule. She would be here no doubt."

The event was also in support of a scholarship fund in her name.

"I had read an article about Eve after her death that she started people asking in August, what were they going to wear for Halloween, and I was like, that's my kind of girl," "Eve Ball" organizer Lori Burgwyn said.

Carson took yoga classes at Burgwyn's studio. She said Carson came up and talked to her the first day, making an immediate impression.

"She actually came up, looked me in the eye and said, 'why do you do what you do'," Burgwyn said. "And I'd never had someone just look me in the eye and it wasn't so much a question, but more of why do you want to make a difference?"

Many say making a difference was a way of life for Carson. The 22-year-old inspired those she knew and those she didn't, including Millie Fordham.

"I was devastated and went to her memorial, and I feel dedicated to give back to the community because of everything she gave to the university," Fordham said.

Carson's friends say she is still giving and that the Halloween ball was evidence of that.

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