On the morning of March 5, 2008, Eve Marie Carson was shot and killed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States where she was a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Demario James Atwater and Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr., two local men, were charged with her murder. On May 24, 2010, Atwater pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, armed robbery, and kidnapping in a plea bargain agreement that will have him serve two sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole.In his December 2011 trial, Lovette pleaded not guilty but was found guilty and, like Atwater, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, a sentence that was re-affirmed in a 2013 retrial. The event received national exposure when it was mentioned by a contestant on the American Idol reality show. A scholarship and a memorial garden have been created at UNC in Carson's honor.