Update: Tonight’s vigil has been moved to the Great Hall because of inclement weather.
As the UNC community mourns the death of student David Shannon, friends remember him as a person of endless enthusiasm.
Shannon, a freshman from Charlotte, was found dead Saturday night near Brewer Lane in Carrboro, police said.
Shannon’s girlfriend, Anna Magee, a freshman at the University of Georgia, wrote in an email that even though she is still trying to wrap her head around his death, she knows Shannon is watching over her from heaven.
“I just miss the jokes he would say because he thought they were funny, and honestly, most of the time they weren’t,” she said.
“But I laughed anyway because he would laugh so hard at himself, and I just laughed right along with him.”
She said she surprised him by driving up to Chapel Hill one weekend this semester, and she loved how much he was enjoying himself at UNC.
“He just shined up there,” she said.
Lt. Chris Atack of the Carrboro Police Department said Shannon was found near a bike trail that runs next to railroad tracks by a group of UNC students who knew him.