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Twenty-one-year-old Army ROTC cadet Riley Howell (photo above) received posthumously a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star

Student and Army Reserve Cadet, 21, is posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star after he was killed while shooting the shooter while shooting at the University of North Carolina

  • Twenty-one-year-old Army ROTC cadet Riley Howell has received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star
  • Howell & # 39; s family got to see the medals on May 22
  • Howell is credited with saving lives during the April 30 attack on the Charlotte campus that also killed 19-year-old student Ellis Reed Parlier
  • Four others were injured while shooting
  • 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell, who according to the police used a legally purchased hand weapon, is accused of murder, attempted murder and other crimes
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A student from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, who was murdered when he matched a shooter who opened fire in a class last month, has posthumously won military honor.

Twenty-one-year-old Army ROTC cadet Riley Howell received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

Wayne & # 39; s police chief William Hollingsed and Haywood County sheriff Greg Christopher presented Howell & # 39; s family with the medals on May 22, as seen on the Facebook page of the Waynesville police.

Twenty-one-year-old Army ROTC cadet Riley Howell (photo above) received posthumously a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star

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Twenty-one-year-old Army ROTC cadet Riley Howell (photo above) received posthumously a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star

Waynesville Police chief William Hollingsed and Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher presented Howell & # 39; s family (photo above) with the medals on May 22

Waynesville Police chief William Hollingsed and Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher presented Howell & # 39; s family (photo above) with the medals on May 22

Waynesville Police chief William Hollingsed and Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher presented Howell & # 39; s family (photo above) with the medals on May 22

The medals were provided by Thomas Matteo, president of the Purple Heart Society.

Riley, from Waynesville, is credited with saving lives during the April 30 attack on the Charlotte campus that also killed 19-year-old student Ellis Reed Parlier and injured four others.

Drew Pescaro, 19, Sean Dehart, 20, Rami Alramatin, 20, and Emily Houpt, 23, were injured.

Riley (photo above) is credited with saving lives during the April 30 attack

Riley (photo above) is credited with saving lives during the April 30 attack

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Riley (photo above) is credited with saving lives during the April 30 attack

The murdered student was declared a hero and rewarded the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star

The murdered student was declared a hero and rewarded the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star

The murdered student was declared a hero and rewarded the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star

The police kept the campus closed after the shooting at the University of North Carolina Charlotte in University City, Charlotte, on April 30

The police kept the campus closed after the shooting at the University of North Carolina Charlotte in University City, Charlotte, on April 30

The police kept the campus closed after the shooting at the University of North Carolina Charlotte in University City, Charlotte, on April 30

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The authorities have sued 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell for murder, attempted murder and other crimes.

Terrell broke out in an anthropological class, full of nearly 50 students on April 30. Police and witnesses said that he opened fire with a gun shortly before 6pm.

Terrell used a legally purchased gun and, according to police, carried a large amount of ammunition.

Howell ran towards him and tackled him to the ground.

Ellis Reed Parlier, 19, (photo) was also killed during the shooting, four others were injured

Ellis Reed Parlier, 19, (photo) was also killed during the shooting, four others were injured

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Ellis Reed Parlier, 19, (photo) was also killed during the shooting, four others were injured

Officials say Howell's actions have taken police time to get to the shooter and save countless lives.

The chief of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department praised Howell after his death.

& # 39; He is an athletically built young man and he took the fight with the attacker. He unfortunately had to give his life, but he saved lives that did. What he did, he upheld the attacker and then the heroes we have here could understand him, & said Head Kerr Putney.

On the day after the shooting, the parents of Howell, Thomas and Natalie told Today how proud they were of their son's reaction to fear.

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& # 39; Everyone ran and chased Riley, & # 39; said Thomas.

Trystan Andrew Terrell is accused of two counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder and a whole series of other crimes including firearm crimes

Trystan Andrew Terrell is accused of two counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder and a whole series of other crimes including firearm crimes

Trystan Andrew Terrell is accused of two counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder and a whole series of other crimes including firearm crimes

& # 39; We are just too proud of what he was able to do. As children ran away, our son turned and ran to the shooter, & his mother added Natalie.

Terrell studied at UNC Charlotte until this semester but stopped.

The circumstances surrounding his departure remain unknown.

The family of Riley Howell receives his diploma during the starting exercises of UNC Charlotte on Saturday 11 May

The family of Riley Howell receives his diploma during the starting exercises of UNC Charlotte on Saturday 11 May

The family of Riley Howell receives his diploma during the starting exercises of UNC Charlotte on Saturday 11 May

When he was taken to a station building after the shooting, he looked over his shoulder with a smile and called a note to reporters. Television channel WBTV quoted the comment as: & # 39; I just entered his class and shot the boys. & # 39;

Terrell is accused of two counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder and a series of other crimes including firearm crimes.

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