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Carson Slaying Weighs Heavy on Students During ‘Take Back the Night’

Posted March 26, 2008
Updated March 27, 2008

— Student activism was alive and well at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Wednesday night. During the annual "Take Back the Night" march, students symbolically reclaimed the night from fear and violence.

"I think it's really important for women to come and band together and know that they deserve a safe environment to be in," Organizer Jessica Scruggs said.

This year's event was even more meaningful in the wake of Eve Carson's killing. The 22-year-old senior and student body president from Athens, Ga., was shot to death near the UNC campus March 5 in what Chapel Hill police have called a random act of violence.

Organizers said Carson attended last year's "Take Back the Night" event.

"We all see the devastating effects that violence has on our community,  and this is something that she believed in," UNC student Laura Ciompi said.

A moment of silence was held Wednesday for Carson and other victims of violence.

Victims of sexual assault spoke at the event about the stigma and shame surrounding crimes against women. It is estimated that one out of four women in college is sexually assaulted or raped.

Experts say the majority of cases are not reported to authorities.

Students placed 61 stars on the Wilson Library banister. Each star represented a rape or sexual assault reported by a UNC student over the past year and a half.

"Hopefully, events like this will change perceptions in society about rape and violence against women," UNC student Matt Slack said.

Students WRAL spoke with were still on edge following Carson's death. Self-defense classes on campus are reportedly filling up faster than ever before.

Two suspects, Demario James Atwater, 21, and Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr., 17, have been charged with murder in Carson's death.

Lovette is also charged with murder in the Jan. 18 slaying of Duke graduate student Abhijit Mahato. Mahato, 29, was shot between the eyes at point-blank range during a robbery at his off-campus apartment, authorities said.


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  • kategbrown Mar 27, 2008

    Taking back the night is infinitely easier with cold steel close at hand.......

  • likemenow Mar 27, 2008

    Get your daughter a Sig Sauer .45..the sound alone of it going off will scare the idiots/criminals away...as far as carrying it on campus, who cares?...the criminals certainly don't care..it's not law-abiding citizens that you're trying to protect her froml...As far as white history, speaking as a white man, whomever still is playing that ignorant argument needs to let it drop..everything in our society is geared toward white society..and has been for hundreds of years...what we as scoiety can not have happen, is for an entire race, ethnic group, culture..whatever..begin to feel like there is no hope, no future...basically no reason not to begin their own actions to upset the entire society around us...it happens all the time in the Middle East....really want that? Black history is important because it had helped shaped our world around us..in many more ways than most of us even know or care to know.,..or what's more disturbing, could care less because it really hasn't been taught

  • Dr. Dataclerk Mar 27, 2008


    Give me a break. What really interest me is how long black history first started and how long it has been going on? Nothing much or very little was said when February was appointed the month for black history. Since February is black history month. Lets take February for white history, March for Hispanics and April for all other cultures history month. How about that? Will this work for you? :) Now we cannot sit and type what we want, now You have to send it on to the legislative and see if they can get a law pass. You have your work cut out for you my friend. :)

  • GWALLY Mar 27, 2008

    "I think it's really important for women to come and band together and know that they "deserve" a safe environment to be in," Organizer Jessica Scruggs said.

    My opinion.....we already are getting what we "deserve". By allowing liberal policies (and politicians) dealing with crime and punishment....what we "get or deserve" is exactly what we are seeing now....but wait....there's more.....it will get worse!!!!

    I hate the liberal use of the word "deserve"......I don't know many people who actually get what they "deserve"...or "deserve" what they get.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Mar 27, 2008

    Just wondering why WRAL not publishing any more comments. I thought my comments was not offensive to any one.

  • EyesintheSkies Mar 27, 2008

    They might as well float votive candles down the Eno River on rafts made of holly, hold hands, and sing "Kumbaya".
    If you want to end crime, end criminals. It won't be easy because it will take courage to do it. Most vigil-holders and group protesters don't have courage, just numbers.

  • tomm175 Mar 27, 2008

    wow lots of typos - sorry was trying to type this real quick at work and don't have time to proof read everything!

  • tomm175 Mar 27, 2008

    now now Dataclerk - we should have a White History month, a Hispanic History month, and a Black History month (which we already have). The reason the is so much more white history in books is due to that being what we are all aware of. I don't think we have that much historical information from Africa, but maybe it would be possible to gain more information by talking to the different tribes there to gain a historical background to put into the books...

    The point is this is 2008, white, black, brown - it doesn't matter. No one should be getting special treatment and hand me outs or crying the race card. We didn't commit the acts that were committed long ago and everyone needs to move on. I am sure it would have been reversed if we were sent to Africa!

    Anyway, not racist just tried of all the crying.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Mar 27, 2008

    Lets don't forget the probabtion officer who was also a criminal. She barely checked out the person on probabtion and above all tried to cover her tracks. I believe she should be fired and charged. She did not do her job and 2 people or more lost their life because of it.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Mar 27, 2008

    stpjay43:so whats wrong with talking about a white history month?

    Nothing! Except your history had the privelege of being in books. Black history did not have that privilege nor is it taught in the schools. :)