[Congressional Record Volume 154, Number 38 (Thursday, March 6, 2008)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E332-E333]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

                       ON THE LOSS OF EVE CARSON


                          HON. DAVID E. PRICE

                           of north carolina

                    in the house of representatives

                        Thursday, March 6, 2008

  Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Madam Speaker, I received news today of 
a horrific event that has shocked and deeply saddened the University of 
North Carolina at Chapel Hill community, which I represent.
  The Chapel Hill police informed us today that UNC's student body 
president, Eve Carson, had been shot to death a short distance from 
campus yesterday morning. This senseless act of violence ended the life 
of a promising young leader and left a community of family, friends and 
admirers mourning in disbelief. The police department is sparing no 
effort to find the people who committed this heinous act and to bring 
them to justice.
  Eve was originally from Athens, Georgia. Since the time she arrived 
in Chapel Hill in 2004, she excelled in her college career. In addition 
to being elected student body president, she was a Morehead Scholar, a 
North Carolina Fellow, a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, 
and was double majoring in political science and biology.
  Eve put a high priority on service to her community. During her 
college career. she mentored middle school students, taught science to 
elementary school students, and served as a running coach for young 
  To Eve, service knew no borders. She spent her summers volunteering 
in Ecuador, Egypt and Ghana, and she co-chaired a student organization 
devoted to alleviating hunger around the world.
  I recently met Eve at a reception hosted by UNC's Chancellor James 
Moeser. My wife and I were impressed with this lovely young woman who--
it was clear to see--had so much potential to make a difference in the 
world. She expressed to me her interest in working abroad after 
graduating in May, perhaps in Africa. At the time of her death, my 
office was working to help her find a way to realize her goal.
  Unfortunately, Eve will not be able to realize that goal.
  Our community is deeply sad at the loss of this special person. We 
also regret the loss for all those who would have been touched by Eves 
big heart in the future. This is truly a loss for us all.
  Our thoughts and prayers are with Eve's family and friends and with 
the UNC community as they gather on Polk Place this afternoon to 
remember Eve and to grieve together.
  Madam Speaker, I ask permission to include a brief biography of Eve 
Marie Carson at this point in the Record.

                     Biography of Eve Marie Carson

       Eve Marie Carson, 22, was elected student body president at 
     the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in February 
     2007. Her term would have ended in April.
       A native of Athens, GA, Eve was born Nov. 19, 1985. She 
     came to Carolina in the fall of 2004 as the recipient of a 
     prestigious Morehead Scholarship. A member of the Phi Beta 
     Kappa honor society, she was a pre-medicine student majoring 
     in both political science and biology. As a North Carolina 
     Fellow, she was part of a four-year leadership development 
     program for undergraduates.
       While at UNC-Chapel Hill, she was extremely active in both 
     leadership and service

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     roles. As student body president, she was also a member of 
     the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees. She served as co-
     president of the Honors Program Student Executive Board and 
     as a member of the Committee on Scholarships Awards and 
     Student Aid; the Academic Advising Program, and the 
     Chancellor's committee for University Teaching Awards.
       Teaching and working with children were key service 
     interests for Eve. In 2006, she taught science at Frank 
     Porter Graham Elementary School in Chapel Hill as part of 
     UNC's INSPIRE program, whose mission is to encourage young 
     students to pursue science as an interest. In her junior 
     year, Carson was a tutor at Githens Middle School in Durham. 
     She was also an assistant coach in the Girls on the Run of 
     the Triangle, a character development program for girls ages 
     8-12 that uses running to teach values and a sense of self.
       Eve's service extended well beyond the Triangle, however. 
     In the spring of her sophomore year, she participated in a 
     study abroad in Havana, Cuba, and she spent her summers 
     working and volunteering in Ecuador, Egypt and Ghana as part 
     of the Morehead Summer Enrichment program. ``I credit my 
     prior experiences, especially my past two Morehead summers, 
     for preparing me to get along with pretty much whatever comes 
     my way,'' she wrote in an e-mail posted on the Morehead Web 
     site. On campus, she became involved in Nourish 
     International, an organization started by UNC students in 
     2002 for hunger relief. Eve served as freshman volunteer 
     coordinator (2004) and co-chair (2005) for the group.
       The daughter of Bob Carson and Teresa Bethke, Eve was also 
     the student body president of her high school, Clarke 
     Central, in Athens, GA. When she ran for the same office at 
     Carolina, she was elected with 55 percent of the vote in a 
     runoff with a bigger turnout than the previous year's general