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UNCC Committee Recommends $1M Memorial To Remember Classroom Shooting

David Boraks
The committee charged with finding the best way to remember those killed and injured in a classroom shooting at UNC Charlotte has recommended a $1 million memorial.

The commission charged with finding the best way to memorialize two students killed and four more injured in an April 30, 2019, classroom shooting at UNC Charlotte has recommended a $1 million memorial and a repurposing of the room where the shooting took place.

According to the Niner Nation Remembrance Commission Final Report released Tuesday evening, a “significant, focal memorial and commemorative space in Belk Plaza” would honor by name Reed Parlier and Riley Howell, the two students killed by a gunman, with the goal for it to be completed by 2022.

The proposal outlines a timeline for design proposals, groundbreaking and completion of the memorial, with the April 30 anniversary serving as a date for the most significant touchstones in the process.

Additionally, the committee recommends a series of exhibits that would highlight memorial items, scholarships named in honor of Parlier and Howell, and a Day of Remembrance.

Further, the committee recommends that the classroom where the shooting took place, Kennedy 236, be repurposed into a “contemplative space.” Currently, the classroom and adjoining Kennedy 234 are not being used.