On April 30, 2020, a remembrance concert will take place at UNC Charlotte to honor the victims of the April 30 shooting.
Almost a year ago, on April 30, 2019, a gunman opened fire at the Woodford A. Kennedy building, wounding four students, Rami Alramadhan, Sean DeHart, Emily Houpt and Drew Pescaro, and killing two others, Ellis Reed Parlier and Riley Howell.
To honor the memories of Howell and Parlier and everyone affected by the shooting, a concert titled “United: A Remembrance Concert” will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2020, the one-year anniversary of the shooting.
The concert will take place at the Belk Theater at the Blumenthal Center for Performing Arts in downtown Charlotte. The concert will be hosted by Don Dahler, a correspondent for CBS and an alumnus of Charlotte ('91).
The festivities will begin at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices are $10 for students and faculty of the University and $25 for other attendees. Tickets are available on the Blumenthal website.
The proceeds will go toward the April 30 Remembrance Fund, a campus organization that was created by Chancellor Philip L. Dubois following last year’s tragedy. The proceeds will go toward building a permanent memorial between Kennedy 234 and 236, the site of the shooting, to honor the lives of Howell and Parlier.
Attendees can look forward to performances by Christopher Warren-Green and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as well as performances by Charlotte students, faculty, staff and alumni, including an original composition by John Allenmeir.
There will also be a video to honor the victims and pay tribute to the University in wake of the shooting last spring.
“While nothing can be done to erase the memories and feelings of that day,” Dubois said, “it is my hope that this exhibition of song, dance and art will serve as a meaningful tribute to Reed Parlier, Riley Howell and all those who were affected by the events of April 30, 2019.”
There will be no classes held at the University that day. It will allow students and faculty to honor those lost on April 30, 2019, widely considered the darkest day in UNC Charlotte history.