UNCC students rally around injured fraternity brother

Hundreds attend vigil for UNCC student

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hundreds of people gathered on the campus of UNC Charlotte in a show of support for a student who suffered a serious injury.

They're trying to raise awareness of their fundraising effort to pay for his medical bills.

"It was a scary moment for sure," said roommate Parker Cowan. "To see our best friend, our roommate, in a state like that."

Thursday night, 22-year old Junior Nick Newberry was walking up the stairs in his apartment heading to bed when he slipped and fell.

"We just see him come tumbling down the stairs," said roommate Reid McLeod. "We noticed that he hit his head in the back on the hardwood floor."

He's been in a coma at CMC Main ever since.

"There's not 10 minutes that go by in my day that I'm not thinking about how Nick's doing," Cowan said.

"We still feel like: what more can we do to help him through the situation?" said fellow SAE fraternity brother Larson Labeau.

So the frat started a GoFundMe page to help with the medical costs.

"As we've watched that number go up for the past two days, it's given us hope," Labeau said.

Wednesday night, over 300 people were at a prayer vigil for Newberry on campus.

"I had no idea that he had this much support behind him," McLeod said.

So far, Nick's gofundme page has raised almost $20,000 in just two days. If you want to donate, go to http://www.gofundme.com/pn2f4g


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