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Eve Carson's photo appears on questionable Web site

Posted September 23, 2008 5:48 p.m. EDT
Updated September 24, 2008 10:29 a.m. EDT

— University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students say they are appalled to find out that a photo of the school's slain student body president is being used on a Web site that promises, for a fee, to help college students earn money.

The site, College Student Jobs (www.jobscollegestudents.org), lists Eve Carson, the late actor/comedian John Belushi and several other unidentified people as "recently registered students" who can earn up to $3,500 a month by taking online surveys.

The company also goes by the names Cyber Junky Inc., DataEntryMadeEasy, Keystrokes 4 Cash, PaidSurveysEtc.com, Type at Home and Type-at-home.com, according to the Better Business Bureau.

"It's just tasteless," UNC senior Amanda Morgan said. "I think that's my first reaction."

Carson, 22, was found shot to death on the morning of March 5 in a residential neighborhood several blocks from the UNC campus. Two men face several charges in her death, including first-degree murder and kidnapping.

Rhonda Caufield said she was recently looking on the Internet for job ideas to give to her son, a freshman at East Carolina University, when she stumbled upon the site.

"It was the same picture that we'd seen for the last few months, and I said, 'Something just doesn't feel right about this.'"

It's unclear if the Web site, traced to Synergy Investments in southern California, posted the photo, if a user posted it or if Carson posted it before her death.

A phone number listed for the company is disconnected, and the Better Business Bureau gives Synergy an unsatisfactory rating for unanswered complaints and advertising claims.

A UNC spokeswoman declined to comment on the site Tuesday afternoon.

With Carson's death still fresh, Caufield and many on the UNC campus hope Carson's image will never be misused.

"That's just not how you want Eve to be remembered," Morgan said.