A college student whose police hailed as a hero to prevent further injuries and deaths after the shooter opened fire in the classroom was immortalized as a Jedi production company behind the Star Wars franchise.
The news reports that Lucasfilm ended the May family of Riley Howell, a student at the University of North Carolina near Charlotte, described as a huge Star Wars fan. Skywalker – visual dictionary.
The book was published by DK to coincide with the release of the new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
In May, Lucasfilm’s fan team wrote a letter to the Howell family to express their condolences.
“Riley’s courage and selflessness brings the Jedi to all of us,” wrote Lucas Seastrom fan team member. “We hope you will enjoy his memory and join you in honoring his life and example.
“As a small tribute, our Story Group has incorporated a reconsideration of Riley as a character in the Star Wars galaxy.”
The entry in the book attributes the Jedi to Lord and historian Ri-Lee Howell a collection of “many of the oldest records of the exploration and codification of forces.”
Riley Howell’s mother, Natalie Henry-Howell, told Charlotte Observer that her son would love this idea.
“I like how they actually left their last name,” said Henry-Howell. “I think you would really realize that.” Because, you know, they could just say Ri-Lee – Jedi Ri-Lee – and we’d think all along if it really was [he], but they put their surname there to truly honor him … and it really did made me cry when I heard about it. “
The family went to see a new movie about the premiere. They brought his ashes and left an open place for him.
“I think he would like how it ended,” Henry-Howell said.
Howell, 21, and a classmate died on April 30 when a shooter began shooting in a classroom at the Kennedy Building on the UNCC. Four other students were injured, but according to police, Howell’s actions prevented further injuries or loss of life.
“Either you run, hide and protect, or you want to fight the attacker,” said Kerr Putney, chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. “He had no place to run and hide, he did last.”
Lauren Westmoreland, Howell’s longtime girlfriend, said in an email that Jedis was close to his heart.
“Although he wasn’t an artist, he liked drawing clone helmets, sometimes on my birthday cards,” Westmoreland said.
Lauren’s father, Kevin Westmoreland, said Howell had studied the Star Wars universe for most of his life.
“He had a very good sense of good and evil and how to live life as someone who was looking for others,” Westmoreland said. “Seeing him as a Jedi and a Star Wars historian is the perfect way to link him to this story and the characters he loved.”
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