UNC Honors Hero That Stopped Gunman

May 6, 2019, 11:31 am EST | Share:

CHARLOTTE, NC (WTAT-TV) – The recent deadly shooting that took place at the University of North Carolina will not stop students from graduating this Friday.

Hundreds gathered on Lake Junaluska to honor Riley Howell, a 21-year-old ROTC cadet that stopped the gunman last Tuesday by tackling him.

Howell’s longtime girlfriend, as well as his siblings, spoke at Sunday’s service.

The superhero was paid tribute with full military honors, a 21 gun salute, and a folded flag that was given to his family.