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Thousands Expected at Memorial for Slain UNC Student Leader

Posted March 17, 2008
Updated March 19, 2008

— The academic community will gather Tuesday to mourn the loss of Eve Carson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior and student body president.

As many as 15,000 people are expected to attend a memorial service at the Dean E. Smith Center at 4 p.m.

Chapel Hill police found Carson's body on Hillcrest Circle about a half-mile from campus on March 5. Her death sparked a widespread outpouring of grief across the Triangle.

"It's not just those that she touched on a daily basis at Chapel Hill. It's everyone,” said Zach Adams, senior class president at North Carolina State University.

Adams said he met Carson once.

"In just a brief conversation, she just had so much positive energy,” he said.

Adams said he felt compelled to do something in Carson's memory.

He wanted to "show her parents, her friends, her family and everyone that we all care and feel what they are going through,” Adams said.

Adams is asking N.C. State students and alumni to wear Carolina blue Tuesday in her honor.

"N.C. State hates Carolina blue, so what better way (than) to just throw aside the rivalry to show that this means more and this is bigger than any rivalry between N.C. State and Carolina,” he said.

Meredith College is also remembering Carson.

"It really hit home for me because I am the Student Government Association president,” said Meredith College student Britney Brown.

Brown, along with other students, are making blue ribbons to be worn Tuesday in remembrance of Carson.

"Just as it happened on their campus, it could easily happen on ours,” Brown said.

Carson, 22, a pre-med major studying political science and biology, was active in leadership and service roles.

"You start to think, this could happen to anybody. You know, senseless acts of violence don't pick their targets,” Adams said.

UNC students returned to campus Monday after a week of spring break to learn of two arrests in Carson's death. Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr. and Demario James Atwater were charged last week with first-degree murder.

Doors will open at 3 p.m. Tuesday for the memorial service. N.C. State will also have a moment of silence to remember Carson, just after 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Brickyard.


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  • 7734 2 06 Mar 20, 2008

    RIP Eve.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Mar 18, 2008

    SASSY BELLE: Thanks. I appreciate that. :)

  • FANCY Mar 18, 2008

    Data, I won't quit? Making one comment on a story board is considered not quitting? I think you have confused me with someone else. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your sister. I know how heart wrenching it is to lose someone you love dearly.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Mar 18, 2008

    SASSY BELLE: I beg your pardon. You will not quit. But my daughter is alive. I did lose a sister in a car wreck many years ago slightly younger than Eve. I have no other siblings. If you are going to accept my apology fine if not then still fine. I would appreciate it if you don't make your comments directed at me and I will try my best to do the same.

    If another person loses their life I hope they will get the same equal attention. When a person loses their life in a horrible way, the media should bring all the news they can on this person as to what happen. Why, that too if they can get answers.

  • FANCY Mar 18, 2008

    "My daughter has done most of what Eve has done except ..."

    Was your daughter also brutally murdered? I pray not, but if that is the case, please accept my deepest sympathy. That's what this is about. A young woman who was brutally murdered, but, some people want to turn it into something else. I can guarantee you, if Eve's family and friends had their choice, she would be alive and not receiving the media attention that some are complaing about.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Mar 18, 2008

    caseylynne83: Please stop insulting the dead and do something to better YOUR community!

    I have never insulted the late Eve Carson or you for that matter. I do have a right to my opinion. Some of my comments have not been posted today, but I did not let that bother me. You have to be careful or you may offend someone. You have not learned how to agree to dis-agree. My daughter has done most of what Eve has done except she has not traveled out of the country. She has her masters and is a very smart bright child. Most of what you typed,I already knew in reading. I thought you would have something really outstanding. I appreciate your efforts though. That was nice of you. Many thank.

    If I have offended or insulted anyone, I am truly sorry. I hope you accept my apology. I would never insult the deceased. I don't have a formal family so why would I do that. Again sorry.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Mar 18, 2008

    Paladin2: Thank-you. You made my day. :)

  • Dr. Dataclerk Mar 18, 2008

    MSN93: I agree. At this point, it is better to just ignore the dataclerks of the world. They don't deserve the attention.

    Thanks for the attention. I deserved it. :)

  • lovinlife2010 Mar 18, 2008


    In 2006, she taught science at Frank Porter Graham Elementary School in Chapel Hill as part of UNC’s INSPIRE program

    Carson was a tutor at Githens Middle School in Durham

    assistant coach in the Girls on the Run of the Triangle, a character development program for girls ages 8-12 that uses running to teach values and a sense of self

    she spent her summers working and volunteering in Ecuador, Egypt and Ghana

    she became involved in Nourish International, an organization started by UNC students in 2002 for hunger relief. Eve served as freshman volunteer coordinator


    Please stop insulting the dead and do something to better YOUR community!

  • MSN93 Mar 18, 2008

    Smoke: I agree. At this point, it is better to just ignore the dataclerks of the world. They don't deserve the attention.