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Current, former Panthers visit UNCC shooting victim Drew Pescaro in hospital

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On April 30, 2019 a shooter killed UNCC students Riley Howell and Ellis Reed Parlier. Drew Pescaro, Sean DeHart, Rami Al-Ramadhan and Emily Houpt were all injured.
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On April 30, 2019 a shooter killed UNCC students Riley Howell and Ellis Reed Parlier. Drew Pescaro, Sean DeHart, Rami Al-Ramadhan and Emily Houpt were all injured.

Nineteen-year-old Drew Pescaro was one of four UNC Charlotte students injured in last week’s campus shooting, which also claimed two lives.

Pescaro had surgery and has since been recovering — and has been adding to a growing list of well-wishers who have come to see him in the hospital.

On Sunday, Carolina Panthers receiver D.J. Moore and Moore’s mother surprised Pescaro with a visit to the student’s room at Atrium Main.

“It was such a big shock in the community,” Moore told the Panthers’ team website. “I went by and talked to him for about 30 minutes. Just tried to make his day and bring his family up. Everybody just had a good time, good vibes.”

The Panthers did not make Moore available for further comment.

Pescaro’s Twitter account says the student remains hospitalized. Asked about his current condition, a spokeswoman for UNC Charlotte said Tuesday that the school is not authorized to release that information. A spokeswoman at Atrium Main said Pescaro was not listed in the hospital’s patient directory; thus, there was no information about him available.

“Huge thanks to Carolina Panther D.J. Moore for stopping by and brightening the day,” a post on Pescaro’s Instagram account said after the visit.

Pescaro, a sportswriter at UNCC’s student newspaper, has also received support from other sports figures as he continues to recover.

Former Heisman Trophy winner, NFL quarterback and current minor league baseball player Tim Tebow facetimed with him, according to a social media account of Pescaro’s girlfriend, Erin Wilson.

“Tim Tebow has been a role model of (Drew’s) for close to a decade now,” wrote Wilson, “and hearing from him was such a blessing.”

Former Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart also spent time with Pescaro in the hospital last Thursday, just days after the tragedy.

Fox 46 broadcaster Page Fehling approached Stewart’s wife, Natalie, when news spread of Pescaro’s surgery, and asked if the Stewarts wanted to visit Pescaro. They agreed immediately.

“It was just an opportunity to show love,” Stewart told the Observer on Wednesday morning.. “I just wanted him to know that he wasn’t alone.”

Stewart said he bonded with Pescaro and his family, who had traveled from the Northeast to be by his side as he recovered.

“I just wanted to remind him that now is a time to lean on his support system, and focus on healing,” said Stewart.

“With something like that happening in our community, it was an opportunity to show love to him and to be there. Because at the end of the day, to love is to be there for someone.

“This terrible thing that happened to Charlotte, you see it happen all over the world ... I think what people really need to do is talk less, and do more. When things like this do happen, take action ... Do something as simple as showing up, if need be. Do the little things.”

Jourdan has covered the Carolina Panthers as a beat writer since 2016, and froze during Pennsylvania winters as an award-winning Penn State football beat writer before that. A 2014 graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, she’s on a never-ending quest for trick plays and the stories that give football fans goosebumps.
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