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UNC Student Body President Eve Carson Shot, Killed: The Way We Live Now

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UNC Chapel Hill senior Eve Carson was shot and killed early Wednesday morning.

Police are calling the murder a random act of violence. Carson's roommates reported seeing her about 1:30 a.m. at their home the day of the shooting.

We're observing a moment of silence in memory of the UNC student body president murdered yesterday. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Search engine news can wait.

Instead we'll look at how search engines have eliminated the last vestiges of privacy, turned private lives into public figures, and created a global community that can celebrate and honor an ordinary life.

Chapel Hill police said the body of Eve Marie Carson was found lying at the intersection of Hillcrest Road and Hillcrest Circle about a mile from campus at approximately 5 a.m. No identifying information was found at the scene -- no ID card, keys, purse, or wallet.

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Investigators said officers found Eve Carson, a 22-year-old senior from Athens, Ga., after gunshots were reported in the area. Police spokesman Lt. Kevin Gunter told "The News & Observer" of Raleigh that Carson had been shot several times, at least once in the head.

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Police found Carson's vehicle, a blue 2005 Toyota Highlander with Georgia plates, after receiving a tip Thursday afternoon from a witness who spotted it near Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.

Lauren Burk, an 18-year-old Auburn University student from Marietta, Ga., was found wounded by a gunshot on a roadside Tuesday night, about five miles from the school. She died later at a local hospital.

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Her car was found burning in a parking lot on campus.

No one knows whetther the co-ed murders are linked. In the past, the UNC shooting would have been a brief segment on national television news; a CNN pundits' exchange, and the inevitable "48 Hours Mystery" segment.

ABC News, though, has received more than 200 comments online from readers.

USA Today ended its breaking news story with "Here's a Facebook page from her successful campaign (for UNC student body president.) The USA today reporter linked to her inauguration speech video on YouTube, showing her welcoming students back to campus.

The photo of Eve Carson on USAToday.com? An "Image taken from YouTube."

Other TV news sites featured slideshows: "Pictures Of Eve Carson." Links helped searchers put together a better picture of her life:

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Link: Video Of Carson's Inauguration As UNC Student Body President
Link: Message From UNC Chancellor About Carson's Death
Link: Eve Carson Memorial Page On Facebook

Today, with millions of people searching for information on Eve Carson, social search engines provide a way to celebrate a life. I found one photo on FlickR tagged "eve carson." The photo shows "A bagpipe player promoting Eve Carson for student body president."

The most moving photos online show Eve Carson working with impoverished families in Ecuador. Take the time to watch "The Gifts of Poverty," on the Morehead Scholars and Alumni site. You can listen to Eve Carson sharing her experiences in her own voice.

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The multimedia slide show was produced by students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The credits: Nancy Donaldson, photography editing; Ray M. Jones, audio editing; Pailin Wedel, audio gathering; and Ashlie White, photography.

People all over the world will be touched by Eve Carson's too-brief life as they search for answers about her death.

The author of Enders Game Orson Scott Card wrote in his sci-fi novel Speaker For The Dead that we would one day celebrate lives by speaking the truth about an ordinary life. To Speak for the dead, one must first unravel the web of secrets surrounding lives. One must speak not only for the dead, but for all humanity.

Eve Carson's Inauguration Speech as UNC Student President

Eve Carson was a Morehead-Cain scholar and a North Carolina Fellow, taking part in a four-year leadership development program for undergraduates.

As UNC student body president, she served on the university's Board of Trustees.

The Morehead-Cain provides a full four-year scholarship to the UNC Chapel Hill that includes an annual stipend that covers full tuition and all other normal expenses, including student fees, housing, meals, books, supplies, travel, laptop computers for all entering freshmen; a fully funded, four-year Summer Enrichment Program; and funding to pursue a gap year before starting college.

The total value of the scholarship over the four years is approximately $140,000 for out-of-state residents.

A premed student, Carson majored in political science and biology, taught science at a Chapel Hill elementary schools, studied abroad in Cuba, and spent summers volunteering in Ecuador, Egypt and Ghana, according to AP reports.

More than 5,000 students mourned her death at a campus memorial service.


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