CHAPEL HILL (AP) -- Police in Chapel Hill say the student body president at the University of North Carolina was killed by a shot from a handgun to her right temple.
An initial incident report on the death of Eve Marie Carson also states detectives are investigating two crimes: the theft of her Toyota Highlander sport utility vehicle and her slaying. Police have previously said they believe the killer was in Carson's car at some point.
Police said Friday morning they continue to believe her death was a random act of violence and they still have no suspects in her slaying. An update was planned for early Friday afternoon.
The body of the 22-year-old senior from Athens, Ga., was found lying in a city street before dawn Wednesday, shot several times. News of her death has led to a widespread outpouring of grief on the campus of the state's beloved flagship university.
Watch a video profile of Eve Carson (from YouTube):
Message from the Chancellor March 6, 2008
Dear Carolina Students, Faculty and Staff:
I am so sorry to tell you that Chapel Hill Police have identified the victim of this week's shooting as Eve Carson, our student body president, trustee, wonderful person and great friend. We are deeply saddened and numb with grief.
I would like for us all to gather this afternoon on Polk Place at 3 p.m. to remember Eve and to grieve together. We will plan a full memorial service at a later time. For now, it is important that we pause, contemplate our loss and give each other support.
We encourage students, faculty or staff who feel they need assistance to contact the Office of the Dean of Students (966-4042) or Counseling and Wellness Services (966-3658). Counselors will be available at the Upendo Lounge at the Student Academic Services Building and Room 2518 A/B in the new addition at the Carolina Union until 11 p.m. this evening (Thursday, March 6, 2008). Resident advisors in campus housing and Granville Towers are also available to be of assistance and support.
I know how difficult it will be to begin to comprehend something so tragic. Please, as you gather your thoughts and prayers, think of Eve's parents, family and friends.
I hope you will join us this afternoon on Polk Place.