Governor Roy Cooper has ordered North Carolina flags at state buildings, grounds and facilities to remain at half-staff effective immediately through sunset on Wednesday, May 8 in honor of UNC Charlotte students Riley C. Howell and Ellis R. Parlier who were tragically killed in the school shooting on April 30, 2019.
Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same duration of time as a sign of respect.
Governor Cooper shared the following statement:
"The shooting at UNC Charlotte has left our state with a heavy heart this week. We saw a swift, coordinated and brave response and we must put that effort into preventing future tragedies. On behalf of the entire state, I extend our deepest condolences to the victims, loved ones and UNCC campus community during this difficult time. We are grieving with you."