RALEIGH, N.C. — Hundreds of students gathered on the Brickyard at North Carolina State University Tuesday for a moment of silence and reflection in memory of Eve Carson, some wearing Carolina blue clothing and ribbons.
Carson, 22, was shot to death March 5 about a half-mile from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus, where she was student body president.
Student leaders organized Tuesday's event at N.C. State in an effort to support the rival school in the midst of grieving for its slain student leader. It coincided with a memorial service in Chapel Hill to celebrate Carson's life.
"What happened to Eve was so tragic, and it could really happen to anybody," N.C. State student Carrie Chase said. "And I think, just being a university so close by, it really hit everyone here, also.
Students also raised money for a memorial fund established at UNC. N.C. State's student senate has committed $1,000 to the memorial and organizers expected to raise several hundred more dollars Tuesday.
The specific use of contributions to the Eve Marie Carson Memorial Fund will be determined in consultation with Carson's family, UNC has said.
Donations can be made online at giving.unc.edu/gift by choosing a giving option and selecting the fund under University Fund.
Checks made payable to UNC-Chapel Hill with "Eve Marie Carson Memorial Fund" in the memo line can be mailed to: Carolina, P.O. Box 309, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514
"She wanted to make this world a better place when she left it," said N.C. State Student Body President Bobby Mills, who knew Carson personally. "And I think, even though her life was short-lived, I think she has done that."