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UNC student found dead in Carrboro

Posted October 28, 2012
Updated October 29, 2012

David Palmer Shannon, photo from Twitter

— The body of a  first-year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was found in Carrboro Saturday night, the second death of a student in less than two months.

The body of David Palmer Shannon, 18, of Charlotte, was discovered in the area of Brewer Lane. Carrboro police are asking anyone with information about Shannon's whereabouts Friday night to call investigators at 919-918-7409 or 919-918-7417.

Police have not said how he died but called his death an "isolated incident" that poses no threat to the public. It's unclear whether police are investigating the case as a homicide.

Those who knew Shannon said he was a joy to be around. "He was well liked by everybody," said UNC student Mariana Bui, who went to high school with Shannon.

UNC student Austin Flye was mourning the death his childhood friend with whom he played youth football and went to middle school, high school and eventually college.

"The fact that a kid my age and I knew so well died — that's terrible," Flye said. "It's kind of putting a wave of depression over some people."

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Shannon belonged to the Chi Phi fraternity, which will hold a vigil at UNC's Pit at 8 p.m. Monday.

Grief counselors were on campus Sunday, helping the UNC community deal with the second of a student in two months.

Faith Hedgepeth, 19, was found dead in her Hawthorne at the View apartment by her roommate on Sept. 7. No suspects have been named, and police have said little other than that they don't believe the crime was random.

"It's tough because this is the second death that has happened in Chapel Hill," said Bui.

"I think everybody wants to know the full deal behind not only his death, but Faith's as well," Flye said. "The unknown is kind of scaring people."


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  • lumbeechic2001 Oct 29, 2012

    The DTH indicates that it was an accident where he fell from machinery. Heres the link: http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2012/10/police-david-shannon-fell-from-machinery-alcohol-may-have-been-a-factor

  • mjlt3 Oct 29, 2012

    "wow" --- what is this world coming to? My thoughts and prayers goes out to the families.

  • Scubagirl Oct 29, 2012

    "lol... Yes, but you are both on here daily

    haha, cheap entertainment and every once in a while good discussions

  • itsyoureternalsoul Oct 29, 2012

    What has happened to us?!

  • dmarion2 Oct 29, 2012

    "Police have not said how he died but called his death an "isolated incident" that poses no threat to the public."

    They said almost the exact same thing about the murder of Faith Hedgepeth two months or so ago but apparently they still haven't solved that case either. How can they say such a thing unless they have actually solved the case?

  • NiceNSmooth Oct 29, 2012

    Oh no, wild baseless speculation is the bread and butter for this forum. You would deny the posters the opportunity to mouth their brainless, dreary, repetitious drivel? Where would we all be without it?

    Thanks piene2, I forgot where I was posting, my bad :)

    lol... Yes, but you are both on here daily

  • malonem1 Oct 29, 2012

    Sad for a person to loose his life so early. My thoughts and prayers to the family. I hope they find out the cause of his death.

  • Uhavenoclu Oct 29, 2012

    Can we say serial? Looks like another student is going around. See if both students knew each other or attended the same classes?

  • BuglessDuster Oct 29, 2012

    I see WRAL has already adopted the new, politically correct "first-year" terminology into their vernacular. "Freshman" is so oppressive. :-)

  • kikinc Oct 29, 2012

    Thanks for pointing out the obvious, Scubagirl. Everyone has been jumping to conclusions. I didn't necessarily think murder when I first read this story. My first thought was actually a possible drug overdose, and they needed to tell the family first. The family is a bit more important than the rest of us.