Lucasfilm honors Riley Howell with a place in Star Wars history after he lost his life in a shooting in April.
Whether it’s arguing over The Last Jedi or The Rise of Skywalker, there’s finally one thing Star Wars fans can agree on. Lucasfilm honored a hero who lost his life when he helped save his classmates during a shooting at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte in April.
Riley Howell charged the gunman when he entered the classroom, and police hailed him as a hero saying, “his sacrifice saved lives.”
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Howell was also a huge Star Wars fan and was immortalized by Lucasfilm as a Jedi in the recent Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary. While there is plenty of information to be gleamed from the book, this is one of the most touching.
The entry reads:
"Jedi Master and historian Ri-Lee Howell collected many of the earliest accounts of explorations and codifications of the Force in the Aionomica: a two-volume combination of codex, correspondence and scrapbook. Though much of its contents would later be stores in holocrons (which have since been lost), the physical books have passages written in the hands of the original sages, carefully preserved by Howell."
He also has an entry in Wookiepedia.
While the loss of his life is heartbreaking, it was a special moment for his family to know he would be remembered among the heroes of the Jedi. It’s a small tribute, but a significant one. One that the family will remember for the rest of their lives thinking about how their son who loved the Jedi will now forever be one.
According to the Charlotte Observer, the family went to the watch The Rise of Skywalker on the night it came out. They think he would have liked the way it ended.
Lucasfilm did a great job by honoring Howell the way he did.