UNC student from Charlotte died after late-night fall

Credit: Charlotte Observer

David Palmer Shannon


by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on October 29, 2012 at 5:36 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 29 at 6:47 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Family and friends are mourning the death of a UNC Chapel Hill freshman from Charlotte who fell to his death over the weekend.

David Shannon, 18, who graduated from Myers Park High School in 2012, fell from a conveyor belt at a concrete company and died from the injuries, Carrboro police said.

Shannon was a popular student voted “Most Eligible Future Husband” by his classmates.  He played tight end on the school’s varsity football team.

Coach Greg Taylor still can't believe the email informing him about Shannon’s death.

"I was hoping there was some sort of mistake,” he said.

Their last conversation was about possibly playing college football.

"An outstanding young man in all facets of his life,” Taylor said. "He's the type of kid you'd like your daughter to bring home.”

Just how Shannon died over the weekend is something police in Carrboro are still working on.

Investigators say Shannon was drinking Friday night.  He ended up at a Ready Mixed Concrete plant near campus, climbed up a conveyor belt and fell 17 feet, landing on a concrete slab and causing multiple injuries.  Police say he crawled 90 feet trying to find help, but died.

Friends found him about a half-day later.

Shannon was recently accepted into a campus fraternity.  One thing police are looking into is whether Shannon's death was part of a frat prank. No foul play is suspected and no one at the frat is in trouble.

Shannon's blood alcohol level won't be known for weeks.

"He could brighten up a room by looking into it,” said family friend Bryan Joyner.

Back at the family home in south Charlotte, the focus is on mourning and relying upon friends and faith for comfort after losing an all-American, well-liked, well-loved scholar, leader and gentleman.

"He was friendly to everyone, great with adults, great with the youth that he ministered to as a youth leader at Carmel Baptist Church. He was great with his peers…He was just a great guy,” Joyner said.

Shannon's funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Carmel Baptist Church in Matthews.