• Foundation honoring UNCC shooting hero donates money for grief counseling

    By: Briana Harper

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It has been more than a month since the deadly shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, but the hero who saved countless lives that day is not forgotten.

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    Through donations collected from around the world, family and friends of Riley Howell created the Riley Howell Foundation to not only honor the heroic student who tackled the shooter at UNCC, but also to give back.

    Two schools, which have something in common, are the first to receive a portion of the money.

    The foundation chose UNCC and a stem school in Highlands Ranch, Colorado to receive money that will support grief counseling for students and staff.

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    Both schools experienced a campus shooting one week apart.

    "We wanted to really help folks who are going through what we were going through which is the traumatic grief after the shooting," said Kevin Westmoreland with the Riley Howell Foundation.

    In a statement, UNCC officials expressed how grateful and honored they are for the selfless gift and said he will never be forgotten.

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