INFORMATIONAL MESSAGE FROM ALERT CAROLINA: Carrboro Police Investigate Student Death

Dear Carolina community:

I am saddened to inform you that one of our students has died. The Carrboro Police Department is investigating the death of David Palmer Shannon, a first-year student from Charlotte. Police said his body was discovered late Saturday night in the area of Brewer Lane.

Police have not determined a cause of death. However, law enforcement officials said they do not believe that there is a danger to other students, faculty or staff.

Carrboro police are seeking assistance from the campus community and public about David’s whereabouts late Friday night. If you have any information, call Lt. Westbrook at (919) 918-7417 or Sgt. Metz at (919) 918-7409.

As we grieve David’s loss as a campus community, our thoughts are with his parents, family and friends.

Counseling resources are available today for students who feel they may need assistance. Counselors will be available between noon and 3 p.m. in the first-floor Granville Towers South fraternity and sorority life and community involvement offices. Students may also call Counseling and Wellness Services at (919) 966-2281. Employees may contact the Employee Assistance Program at (877) 314-5841.

We’ll continue to post updates from Carrboro police about this case on the Alert Carolina website,

Holden Thorp
About Informational Messages: The University sends an Informational Message to inform the campus community about a situation that is not an emergency, but is expected to be of significant interest to the campus. An Informational Message is one of three tiers of communication under the University’s revised emergency communications plan. Emergency Warning refers to a siren activation for a significant emergency. And a Timely Warning is issued if there is a continuing danger AND notification will not compromise law enforcement efforts.

Sponsored by the UNC Department of Public Safety