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UNC Charlotte student Riley Howell was laid to rest on Sunday afternoon with full military honors. Riley was a ROTC Cadet at UNCC when he tackled the gunman that opened fire on the campus .

“Riley was a lion,” said Brent Plott, a CMPD officer with the University Division. “Everyone wants to be a lion until it’s time to do lion stuff, that’s what separates them.”

The memorial service got underway at 5 p.m. Sunday at Wells Funeral Homes in the Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska. The family received friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Wells Events & Reception Center.


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