UNCC Hero Awarded Purple Heart For Sacrificing Self To Stop Shooter

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The University of North Carolina at Charlotte student who tackled a gunman last month has posthumously been awarded two of the military’s highest honors.

Riley Howell, a 21-year-old Army ROTC cadet, earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his actions April 30 when a gunman opened fire in his classroom. Howell and 19-year-old Ellis Parlier were killed in the attack.


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