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Niner Nation Remembers

Day of Remembrance 2023 — Friday, April 28

APRIL 30 Memorial Digital Exhibit

The April 30 Memorial digital exhibit includes photographs, videos, letters, oral histories and other remembrances. The items featured on this site highlight the ways in which UNC Charlotte, the surrounding community and the nation grieved together in the days, weeks and months following the tragedy. They showcase the resilience of our campus community and the ways in which we will always remember those who were lost and forever changed that day.


ellis reed parlier

Midland, N.C.

Ellis Reed Parlier, of Midland, N.C., was a 19-year-old who intended to pursue a Computer Science major after enrolling at UNC Charlotte in Fall of 2017. Reed loved video games and aspired to one day become a game developer. Reed was a graduate of the highly regarded Central Academy of Technology and Arts, where he studied in the Information Systems academy. He was generous with his time and talents, volunteering as a computer programming tutor for middle school students. Reed’s professors describe him as independent and motivated. We will not forget Reed.

riley howell

Waynesville, N. C.

Riley Howell, of Waynesville, N.C., was a 21-year-old Environmental Studies major who enrolled in UNC Charlotte in Fall 2018 as a transfer from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Riley loved the outdoors, and Star Wars, and pizza; he played soccer and ran cross country in high school and was described by those close to him as upbeat and optimistic. Riley’s family describes him as always putting others ahead of himself, and nothing exemplifies that more than his final, heroic actions in defense of his fellow students. We will not forget Riley.


We also hold close to our hearts the four members of Niner Nation who were hurt in this tragic incident
— Rami Alramadhan, Sean DeHart, Emily Houpt, and Drew Pescaro. 
Their strength inspires us all. 

Rami Alramadhan

Sean DeHart

Emily Houpt

Drew Pescaro