Thousands unite to support UNC Charlotte at vigil on campus

Updated: May. 1, 2019 at 6:25 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Thousands gathered as a student-organized vigil to unite and support the UNC Charlotte community was held Wednesday on the university’s campus.

The community gathered to support everyone affected by the deadly shooting on UNC Charlotte’s campus that left two people dead and four others injured Tuesday.

The vigil took place in the University’s Halton Arena, located in the Barnhardt Student Activity Center.

“UNC Charlotte cannot and will not be defined by this tragedy. Instead, we will be defined by how we respond to it," Chancellor Philip L. Dubois said.

After the vigil, students, staff, and family made their way to the Star Quad for the candle lighting portion of the vigil.

Nearing the end of the Spring semester, two people lost their lives and four others were seriously injured on UNC Charlotte’s campus. The city of Charlotte mourned as a community.

The shooting happened around 5:40 p.m. An alert sent by UNCC Emergency Management said shots were reported near the Kennedy Hall building.

Two people were killed in the shooting. Three other victims with life-threatening injuries and one more with non-life threatening injuries were rushed to Carolinas Medical Center.

Governor Roy Cooper ordered all North Carolina flags at state buildings and facilities be at half-staff through sunset Friday to honor the victims.

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