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Eve Carson, UNC Chapel Hill Student Body President, Shot To Death

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From the AP:

The student body president at the University of North Carolina was killed by a shot from a handgun to her right temple, according to a police report released Friday.

Authorities also said that 22-year-old Eve Marie Carson's keys and wallet have not been found. Police don't have any suspects in her death, and still believe it was a random act of violence.

"We've been getting a number of leads that we're trying to follow up on," Police Chief Brian Curran said at a news conference Friday.

The initial police report offers the first details about how the senior from Athens, Ga., may have died. Her body was found lying in a city street before dawn Wednesday, shot several times. Her vehicle was found Thursday about a mile away.

When police began investigating, they believed her car was stolen, the report said. Police would not say Friday if they still believe that is the case, but said the killer had access to her car.

Carson was last seen alive at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, when she stayed home to do schoolwork while her roommates went out, authorities said. But they aren't clear why she was out at 5 a.m., when a report of shots fired was called in to police.

Curran said there was no sign of a break-in at her home or any evidence she was having trouble in a relationship that might have led to a conflict.

"As far as I know, she wasn't having any problems with anybody," Curran said.

Curran said police had been in contact with authorities in Alabama investigating the killing of a female student at Auburn University, but added that the cases do not appear to be connected.

Carson was a prestigious Morehead-Cain scholar and a North Carolina Fellow, taking part in a four-year leadership development program for undergraduates. A premed student, she majored in political science and biology, taught science at a Chapel Hill elementary school, studied abroad in Cuba and spent summers volunteering in Ecuador, Egypt and Ghana as part of a school program.

University Chancellor James Moeser has said there is nothing to link Carson's slaying to anyone on campus, where the news of her death has led to a widespread outpouring of grief.

"It's just a huge blow. It's a blow against everything we assume about ourselves, about being a peaceful, safe place where kids come," Moeser said Friday. "She was a joyful person. She loved this place. She loved being here."

Meanwhile Friday, the family of Lauren Burk, the Auburn University student who was found shot and wounded Tuesday night, said they created a fund to help apprehend the killer. Burk was an 18-year-old freshman at the school.

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue said he has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to offer assistance in the investigations.


Associated Press writers Estes Thompson in Raleigh and Daniel Yee in Atlanta contributed to this report.

From Fox News:

Chapel Hill Police identified the victim of a shooting Tuesday near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus as 22-year-old senior Eve Marie Carson, the student body president.

Police responding to a report of gunshots in a residential neighborhood in the college town early Tuesday found Carson's body lying in the intersection of Hillcrest Drive and Hillcrest Circle.

This is the second murder of a female college student on a southern U.S. campus in as many days. Lauren Burk was shot near Alabama's Auburn University campus on Tuesday night. Both Carson and Burk are Georgia natives, from towns about one hour apart.

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From the Chancellor's note to the campus community:

Message from the Chancellor
March 6, 2008

Dear Carolina Students, Faculty and Staff:

I am so sorry to tell you that Chapel Hill Police have identified the victim of this week's shooting as Eve Carson, our student body president, trustee, wonderful person and great friend. We are deeply saddened and numb with grief.

I would like for us all to gather this afternoon on Polk Place at 3 p.m. to remember Eve and to grieve together. We will plan a full memorial service at a later time. For now, it is important that we pause, contemplate our loss and give each other support.

We encourage students, faculty or staff who feel they need assistance to contact the Office of the Dean of Students (966-4042) or Counseling and Wellness Services (966-3658). Counselors will be available at the Upendo Lounge at the Student Academic Services Building and Room 2518 A/B in the new addition at the Carolina Union until 11 p.m. this evening (Thursday, March 6, 2008). Resident advisors in campus housing and Granville Towers are also available to be of assistance and support.

I know how difficult it will be to begin to comprehend something so tragic. Please, as you gather your thoughts and prayers, think of Eve's parents, family and friends.

I hope you will join us this afternoon on Polk Place.

James Moeser

Watch a video profile of Eve Carson (from YouTube):

Read about Eve in The Daily Tar Heel's endorsement of her for Student Body President, where they explained to readers, "She will bring administrative skill and fresh ideas and maybe eat a sugar cone while doing it."

From Eve's bio on her Student Body President campaign website:

Eve Marie Carson: An Overview
Born on November 19, 1985 and raised in Athens, Georgia.
Graduated as Student Body President from Clarke Central High School in 2004.

Concentrations: Political Science, Pre-Medicine
Study Abroad in Havana, Cuba, Spring 2006.

Leadership and Service
  • Honors Program Student Executive Board Co-President (2005-2006)
  • Nourish International Co-Chair (2005), Freshman Volunteer Coordinator (2004)
  • North Carolina Fellows Program
  • Student Government External Appointments: Member of Academic Advising Committee; Representative to the University Committee on Awards, Scholarships and Student Aid (2006-2007)
  • INSPIRE Science Teacher, Frank Porter Graham Elementary School (2005-2006)
  • Undergraduate Teaching Awards Committee (2006-2007)
  • Science Spectrum Symposium Planning and Discussion Leader (2004-2007)
  • Tutor, Githens Middle School (2006-2007)
  • Girls on the Run of the Triangle Assistant Coach (2005)

Freshman Camp Counselor
Intramural Sports Super-Competitor
UNITAS Diversity Theme Housing