Student slain while attacking gunman gets hero’s send-off

Staff Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina college student slain while confronting a gunman in his classroom was being given a hero’s send-off Thursday as his body was returned to his hometown with a police escort.
Police motorcycles and other vehicles with blue lights flashing quickly left a funeral home and started their 150 mile (240 kilometer) journey west from Riley Howell’s college home in Charlotte to his mountain hometown of Waynesville.
Traffic stopped along busy, four-lane Charlotte streets as the procession went by.
Meanwhile, the suspect accused of killing Howell and another student at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte while wounding four others chose not to appear in court Thursday so a judge could read charges against him of two counts of first-degree murder and four counts of first-degree attempted murder.
Howell died in his classroom Tuesday after charging and tackling the gunman who opened fire with a legally obtained pistol, authorities said...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.