Authorities: UNC student from Charlotte died from a fall



CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A family in Myers Park is mourning the death of their son, just months after he left home for college.

David Shannon, 18, was a first-year student at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Authorities said that it appears Shannon fell to his death on Friday night, according to WTVD.

Police said Shannon climbed on some machinery at the Ready Mixed Concrete Plant on Guthrie Avenue before falling 17 feet and landing on a concrete surface.

Witnesses told police that Shannon was seen drinking Friday night, leading them to believe alcohol impairment was a factor in his death, WTVD reported.

Shannon’s body was found late Saturday night. His friends told police they became worried when they didn't hear from him Friday night.

Many in the Myers Park community remember the young man who graduated from Myers Park High School in May.

“Everybody loved him,” said teacher Matthew Speas. “His senior superlative was ‘best future husband.’ That tells you a lot about David Shannon.”

People described Shannon as outstanding, dedicated and motivated.

 “David left an incredible legacy,” said Joseph McMurry, student pastor at Carmel Baptist Church.

Members of Carmel Baptist Church are also grieving. Shannon was very active, especially as a camp counselor.

“When news of his death was made known, there were groups of all ages mourning because of the influence David had on their lives,” McMurry said.

Shannon was also a football player at Myers Park. His coach said he was easy to coach and always did whatever they asked him to do.

"He was just an outstanding citizen, outstanding student, outstanding person.  He's going to be greatly missed,” said former coach Greg Taylor.