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Carolina Tears

Posted March 7, 2008

Our hearts ache. We have cried a collective river of Carolina tears over the last day. The senseless murder of the UNC Student Body President Eve Carson leaves us all asking the question:  Why should someone so warm, gregarious, intelligent, caring and involved have her life snuffed out at such a young and vibrant age?

I watched Thursday night's candlelight tribute to Eve with my daughter Lauren. I told Lauren about the powerful Carolina bond. It has been many years since I graduated from UNC but last night I felt like a student again experiencing the pain of a terrible loss but also the comfort and pride of a wonderful academic community. The music also took me back to my college days. The UNC Clef Hangers hit a powerful emotional chord with their haunting renditions of classics by James Taylor and Simon & Garfunkel.

During a particularly poignant moment during last night's broadcast WRAL's Debra Morgan's voice cracked with emotion. It reminded me of the time when I had to report the death of another member of the UNC community. Like Eve, Tom Brothers was a Morehead Scholar. We were best of friends growing up in Morganton. Several years after graduating from UNC Tom died in a mountain climbing accident in Idaho. Reporting Tom’s death was the toughest moment in my broadcasting career. I also remember my voice cracking on the air when I had to announce the death of UNC alum and my journalistic hero Charles Kuralt.

My heart goes out to Eve’s family. I know the Carolina community is thinking of them and praying for them. Somehow we will get through this tragic loss together.

If you would like to leave a message for the Carsons here on the Carolina Conversations blog and I will make sure it gets to the family.


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  • caitlinclinard Mar 10, 2008

    1 Corinthians 13:13- And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

    It is so easy to get discouraged as violence in this world heightens. But we must not lose hope - hope that love will prevail! Without hope, we have nothing.

  • hucknscoot Mar 10, 2008

    Where do you begin to express sympathy in a time like this? Words cannot take away the hurt and pain the Carson family is feeling. To them, May God be with you and help heal your heart!!
    I just wanted to share daddy passed away in '01..I believe that he is truly the most sincere Tarheel fan..he was buried in a Carolina casket, has a Carolina headstone, and we had Carolina car flags on the hearse..Also, he tried to name me Carolina but my mother wouldn't allow it! I KNOW for a fact that he is in the Carolina Blue Heaven and has made friends with all of the other Tarheel fans there...And I also know that once he meets Eve...he will take of her like she was his own!

  • fishnett5977 Mar 10, 2008

    To see this unfold, to see her face, to be shown just a part of what she did in her short life, touched my soul. My prayers go to her family,friends and everyone in this state, because you see - we are all part of this! I think everyone that has seen things unfold the past several days would tell you the same. We,as North Carolinians, all mourn this Georgia peach - she wasnt born here but she was a "Carolina Girl". To her parents, may God's love and peace go with you in the days and weeks ahead. Know that the entire state is keeping you in their prayers. Eve - "Carolina girl - BEST in the world!" :)

  • rika1 Mar 7, 2008

    As a UNC grad and Chapel Hill resident this literally hits close to home. As I read more about Eve, my heart grows heavier and heavier. She obviously was a remarkable person and we have lost a light. I only hope that we as a community will be inspired by her light to give more and do more.

  • Legswilson Mar 7, 2008

    The world has lost a shining star. Eve was destined to do great things and accomplished so much in her short life. God must have needed a very special angel in heaven to keep our skies Carolina blue. She will not let Him down. My prayers are with Eve's family and friends. Celebrate her life and allow her memory to live on forever in your hearts.

  • tarheelblue919 Mar 7, 2008

    I have never met Eve, but i'd like to think i bleed Carolina Blue...I'm 25 years old and sometimes look at my friends who have careers and they are successful, and wonder what I would have done had i decided to have children later on in life then i did. Last night i cryed watching her vigal, i thought to myself "how selfish of me to gripe! my family watched me get married, my mother shared with me the birth of my two children, i have a husband, and i'm all on my own and Eve had barely gotten roots planted in her college career." Even in her death she still taught one more person one more thing. To be thankful, and know that the gifts in your life are Blessings!!

  • sullivanpa Mar 7, 2008

    I worked at UNC for several years and still feel like part of the Carolina family. I can't believe that this could happen. My prayers and thoughts are with Eve's family and friends.

  • calleesganma Mar 7, 2008

    I hope and pray you will be able to find comfort from some source. What a shame and a loss of a beautiful young lady inside and out. The world needs more individuals just like her, you as parents can only be proud of what she was.

  • washed ashore Mar 7, 2008

    I work at UNC and didn't know Eve but have read countless articles about her in the Daily Tar Heel. Her death is so tragic...all of us want to offer our sincere sympathy. May the good Lord give you strength to get through this tragedy.

  • lukie Mar 7, 2008

    I would like to offer my prayers and thoughts to Eve's family. May God comfort and be with you during this time.




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