May 8, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 76 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
IN MEMORY OF RILEY CARL HOWELL; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 76
(Extensions of Remarks - May 08, 2019)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E560-E561] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] IN MEMORY OF RILEY CARL HOWELL ______ HON. MARK MEADOWS of north carolina in the house of representatives Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Mr. MEADOWS. Madam Speaker, it is with great sadness that I rise today to recognize Riley Carl Howell, a hero from Waynesville, North Carolina. Riley gave the ultimate sacrifice when he saved the lives of his fellow classmates at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on April 30, 2019. I am honored and humbled to have represented a young man so full of life, courage, and selfless character. Riley Howell was fatally shot when a gunman entered his classroom at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and opened fire. Rather than fleeing, twenty-one-year-old Riley Howell bravely charged the gunman--knocking him off his feet, which enabled his classmates to find cover and allowed the authorities more time to apprehend the gunman. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police hailed Riley as a hero and stated that his bravery prevented further violence and saved his classmates' lives. Riley's selfless actions on April 30th clearly demonstrate his courage in the face of adversity-- confronting danger to protect those around him--even at the risk of his own life. [[Page E561]] My deepest sympathies go out to Riley's loved ones that are left behind to grieve his passing and honor his sacrifice. Riley's life touched many, especially his parents, Thomas Howell and Natalie Henry- Howell, and his siblings, Iris, Juliet, and Teddy. Riley was an enthusiastic student and graduated from T.C. Roberson High School in Asheville, North Carolina, before studying at Asheville-Buncombe Technical College, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. While in school, Riley served as a cadet in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). The ROTC motto is ``Leadership Excellence''-- Riley embodied the spirit of this motto in his life by helping and encouraging those around him, and ultimately by putting the safety of others ahead of his own. Riley's life brought endless joy to those around him, and his legacy of sacrificial love will continue to inspire and encourage all the lives he touched. Riley had a tremendous impact on his community, and he will always be remembered as a hero. Riley's life was celebrated in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina on Sunday, May 5, 2019. Riley's example of putting others first brings John 15:13 to mind, ``Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.'' ____________________