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UNCC shooting victim Riley Howell to be immortalized as a Jedi in Star Wars universe

Posted at 8:17 PM, Dec 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-24 20:17:29-05

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WGHP) — UNC Charlotte shooting victim Riley Howell, will be immortalized as a Jedi, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported.

Riley Howell

The Jedi are guardians of peace and justice in the Star Wars universe.

Howell was 21 years old when he and another victim student were killed in the UNCC shooting in April. Howell died trying to protect other students from the shooter.

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Officials at Lucasfilm, the Star Wars production company, wrote a letter to Howell’s family:

“Riley’s courage and selflessness bring out the Jedi in all of us. We hope that you may rejoice in his memory, and we join you in honor his life and example.”