Two Suspects Charged In Eve Carson Murder

Two suspects are charged with the slaying of University of North Carolina student body president Eve Carson. One has been arrested, the other is being sought at this time.

Demario James Atwater, age 21, of Durham, was taken into custody at 5 a.m. today. A second suspect, Lawrence Alvin Lovette Jr., age 17, is being sought. Police say they identified Lovett Jr. from an ATM photo.

Reports indicate police searched the home of Lovette Jr.'s mother Wednesday afternoon in Durham but did not locate the suspect.

Chapel Hill Police Chief Brian Curran declined to say which of the suspects shot and killed Carson, a 22-year-old from Athens, Ga., found last Wednesday lying on a street about a mile from campus.

Chapel Hill police and District Attorney Jim Woodall gathered Wednesday afternoon in an Orange County courtroom for Atwater's first appearance. Shackled at the ankled and waist and with a public defender at his side, Atwater whispered "yes" when asked if he understood the charges against him.

Woodall asked that Atwater's next appearance be set for March 24.

Carson's death led to a massive outpouring of grief at North Carolina. Thousands gathered that day at two campus memorial services, and a third is planned for next week at the school's basketball arena.

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  • by bruce Location: bristol on Jun 15, 2008 at 08:34 PM
    eve carson was murdered by affirmative action parole critter who never met with the perp.but wrote nice things about him so the man would not put this insect in prison
  • by Taryn Location: Pittsboro on Mar 19, 2008 at 05:33 AM
    Hi my name is shanice neal I am a student of central Carolina Community college. I am sorry for your lost. I lost my brother recently back in september he was 16 years old. His name is jeffery Alston. He attended Northwood high school in Pittsboro. I know how you feel to lose someone. After all if we think about it Eve carson, and my brother Jeffrey Alston is gone to be with the lord, but looking down on us. There work is done. I began to cry thinking about my brother sometimes. I really miss hime alot, he was the inspiration in my life. God spoke to hime and said son, Come home, my doors are open and he took hime right in his hands. He died in a car accident with three other guys Demetrus and his best friend Brandon, God took them all.He knew what was the best for them all. We miss his apperance, but his spirit still remain here.I just want to thank God for life, health and strength.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2008 at 02:45 PM
    I've just come from the memorial service and it was awesome. Eve was a very talented, spirited young lady. She envisioned inclusiveness, tolerance, and diversity. She wanted world peace. She was such a wonderful young lady. Rest in Peace, Eve Carson.
  • by To Wondering on Mar 18, 2008 at 09:45 AM
    I forgot to mention this in my last comment: I am not looking through rose-colored windows. I am currently a college student myself; so I'm not some elderly person just looking in. It hasn't been too long since I've graduated from high school, and I have seen people who may not have achieved all that they are capable of. In rural eastern North Carolina, it's not usual to hear of someone being murdered every day, week, or month. However, in areas like Durham, it is normal. It's wrong, but it happens. I have never lived in a neighborhood filled with violence, so I do not know how it is. I guess I was what you would consider a "good kid". However, I do not believe in a spirit of self-righteousness. I thank God for giving me wisdom and discernment so that I do not associate the acts of some as the defining characteristics of a whole race of people. Even if only one person of a race is not a criminal, it remains inaccurate to place a whole race under one category. Bless your soul.
  • by To Wondering on Mar 18, 2008 at 09:16 AM
    Please stop putting words in my mouth that I did not say. I did not call anyone on this site racist. If you feel so, then it must be your own guilty conscious causing you to make erroneous implications. Also, never did I say that parents are the only ones to blame for the actions of criminals. It's a failure on the part of criminals themselves, parents, schools, communities, and society as a whole. If someone is constantly told that he/she will grow up to be nothing more than a criminal, then what do you expect them to do. I'm sure it all started from when they were "bad little boys." I urge you to be a role model today. A role model who will stop making erroneous generalizations. A role model who will judge a person by his/her character and not by the color of his/her skin. A role model who will not sit here arguing that making racial generalizations is fine, but will recognize the fact that every race has those who are good and those who are bad. Bless your soul.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2008 at 05:13 AM
    this is in reply to whomever posted to To Wondering....Thank you so much for that comment. I am a W/F and I agree... It is true for whites and blacks or any skin can accomplish whatever you want no matter your skin color and yes SOME people {all skin colors} could use some parenting education all depends on what you want out of life.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2008 at 05:06 AM
    Thank you post below from Chapel Hill. That's all, Just Thank YOU.
  • by Wondering Location: Washington on Mar 18, 2008 at 02:54 AM
    To wondering: I think it's great that you have taken advantage of the opportunities available to you, now instead of telling us that we are racist, and coming on here throwing big words around, maybe you need to be out in your community setting an example for the kids, show them the way. It is not an "erroneous generaliztion" that african american kids are not taking advantage of education. Just look around you, and if you can't see through those rose colored glasses, then go to the NCDOC website, and do a statistics check. You'll find in the year ending 1/31/08 That over 1200 young blacks were admitted into the prison system. compared to only 500 young whites. I think it is safe to assume that these kids are not in prison for going to school and reading books. And the unfortunate upbringiing excuse only goes so far. At a point in our lives we have to quit blaming the parents, and take responsability for our own actions. Eduacate these kids! Show them a better way!
  • by Anonymous Location: Chapel Hill on Mar 17, 2008 at 08:55 PM
    Everyone here is just glad that the murderers were captured and charged. Now, it's time to remember the legacy left behind by Eve and finish the undone work. Yes, we can sit behind our fancy computers and argue about what happened and why it happened and who should be charged with what, but let the truth be told, at the end of the day, arguing will not profit much. If you see something that needs to be done, then try doing it yourself. Write your senators, support your community's efforts to keep kids off of the street, become a mentor, if you can. The fact of the matter is, let's stop waiting round until something bad happens so that everyone has to be so reactive and be proactive. Each one of us needs to be the change that we wish to see in the world. Let us not blame one organization or the other, nor one race or the other, for no one is perfect. I pray that the Carsons and everyone impacted by the tragic death of this sweet young lady, Eve Carson, continues to heal.
  • by Anon. Location: Greenville on Mar 17, 2008 at 06:37 PM
    I do not think that people up here are "racist" I think they are trying to make a point that when a black man got shot at by a white man who did so out of hate the NAACP was there to demand that the white man got the hate crime attached even though it would not lengthen his sentence only to use it to further their public agenda but you never hear of the NAACP speaking on behalf of a white person when a black person is doing the shooting. If disliking what the NAACP does makes a person racist then I guess I am, I do not have any issues with african americans or what the NAACP was originally created for. I do have a problem with them being blind to what's really going on. They should be involved to help educate our youth that crime doesn't pay and help lead our afrian american males in the right direction. That is what it was created for. Odd that when NAACP demands things against a white criminal that's not racist but when a white girl dies and people demand it's racist Hypocritical.

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