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UNC Charlotte April 30 Tragedy Memorial collection

Identifier: MS0584

Scope and Contents

This collection consists largely of letters, cards, posters and memorial items left in front of the Kennedy building and the Miner Statue on the UNC Charlotte campus in the days and weeks following the April 30, 2019 shooting. There are also condolence items sent to various campus administrators, including the Chancellor, Provost, and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, as well as official proclamations and statements from government officials and the UNC Board of Governors.


  • Creation: 2019

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The UNC Charlotte April 30 Tragedy Memorial collection is the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

On April 30, 2019 a shooting took place in the Kennedy building on the main campus of UNC Charlotte that resulted in the deaths of 2 students and the injury of 4 others. The University cancelled classes on May 1, the day following the shooting, and held a vigil in memory of Riley Howell and Reed Parlier, the two students that were killed and in support of the 4 injured students, Drew Pescaro, Rami Al-Ramadhan, Emily Houpt and Sean DeHart.

Over the following days and weeks, members of the University community began to leave items for the victims, such as cards and candles, in front of the Kennedy building and by the Niner Statue on campus. Additionally, Chancellor Dubois announced the creation of Niner Nation Remembers, a permanent website to document the events of April 30 as well as share ongoing work being done to commemorate the victims of that tragic day. The University also established a 14-member Remembrance Commission headed by Emily Zimmern, whose goal was to decide how best to memorialize the victims and determine the future use of the Kennedy building.


3.5 Linear Feet (1 oversized box, 1 document case, 1 cap box)

Language of Materials



Papers documenting the shooting that took place on the main campus of UNC Charlotte on April 30, 2019. Includes cards, letters, posters and memorabilia items commemorating the tragedy.


The collection is arranged into a single series, with letters and memorabilia generally separated from posters and oversize material. There is also a "Digital materials" series that contains press conferences, text messages and photographs.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Andrew Pack in 2019.

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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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