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COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into the lives of high school seniors all over the U.S - including athletics, where many seniors have been left in limbo as they try to determine where and how to take the next step. That's certainly the case for one such high school senior in Asheville. 

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The body of Riley Howell was returned to his hometown of Waynesville Thursday via a procession of police that traveled from Charlotte.  Howell and a fellow UNC Charlotte student were killed Tuesday after a gunman started firing into a classroom on campus.  Howell died after tackling the guman, saving untold numbers of lives according to police.

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One of the two UNC Charlotte students killed in a shooting on campus Tuesday evening was a native of Waynesville and a graduate of T.C. Roberson High School in Asheville.  21-year-old Riley Howell is being hailed as a hero for rushing the suspected gunman during the shooting, preventing further loss of life.