In April, Riley Howell was killed protecting his UNC-Charlotte classmates in a school shooting. Police Chief Kerr Putney described Howell’s heroism (quote) “You either run, hide or you take the fight to assailant. Riley Howell did the last. But for his work, the assailant may have not been disarmed.”
Howell and one other student were killed in the rampage. He saved an untold number of young lives.
Howell’s girlfriend said he was a life-long fan of Star Wars. This week, creator George Lucas's company wrote the Howell family (quote) “Riley's courage and selflessness brings out the Jedi in all of us. As a small tribute, our Story Group has incorporated a reimagining of Riley's name as a character in the Star Wars galaxy. The Force will be with Riley, and all of you, always..." (Asheville Citizen-Times, NC)
Links to the enshrinement below and more on the story. -BigKat