CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Ellis Reed Parlier, 19, was fondly remembered for his love of video games, his selfless attitude, and a quiet nature that led one friend to remark “when he did talk, it was always something so funny and random and that’s what everyone is really remembering him by.”
Parlier lived in Midland, and on Wednesday, many folks there were just discovering that one of their own was one of the students killed at UNCC on Tuesday afternoon.
Longtime residents like Matthew Dellinger say it’s a tight knit community and learning about the death of Reed Parlier comes as a shock.
“It’s just messed up, it’s a real messed up world, and it just keeps happening over and over again,” Dellinger said.
Parlier went to high school in Union County at Central Academy of Technology and Arts in Monroe. Today the flags there were at half staff. A former classmate described Reed Parlier as “an awesome guy.”
Reverend Luke Maybry is pastor at Matthews Presbyterian where a vigil for Reed Parlier was held earlier on Wednesday afternoon. What words can he offer the grieving family?
“That I’m sorry and I love you and I’m praying for you. I can’t offer any simple solutions, God is sovereign and gracious, even now," Maybry said. “I don’t mourn as one who has no hope, I’ve got hope, and I think they do too.”
Reed Parlier was really good at video games, according to UNCC, and he intended to pursue a Computer Science major after enrolling at UNC Charlotte in Fall of 2017.
Reed aspired to one day become a game developer.
“He was generous with his time and talents, volunteering as a computer programming tutor for middle school students,” UNC Charlotte Chancellor Phillip Dubois said. “We will not forget Reed.”
Reed’s professors describe him as independent and motivated.