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By Elisabeth Arriero
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Carrboro Police are investigating the death of a former Myers Park graduate who was in his first year at UNC Chapel Hill.

David Palmer Shannon’s body was found late Saturday night near Brewer Lane in Carrboro.

Police have not determined a cause of death. But in a statement early Sunday, Chancellor Holden Thorp said law enforcement do not believe anyone else in the community is in danger.

An autopsy is expected to be completed early this week, said family friend Bryan Joyner.

“Obviously the family is devastated,” he said. “I know there are a lot of questions that they have that they’re hoping to find the answers to.”

Joyner said that Shannon, 18, was very active at Carmel Baptist Church in Matthews while he was in high school. He was a leader in the youth group, taught children’s Sunday school and served as a counselor at the church’s children’s camp.

He also played defensive end for the Myers Park High School football team and had won several DECA competitions.

His classmates voted him “Most Eligible Future Husband,” said Joyner.

“He had a truly loving and friendly personality. He made friends easily,” he said. “He wasn’t just well-liked, he was well-loved. Everyone adored David.”

Shannon graduated from Myers Park in 2012 and planned to study business. He had just been accepted into the Chi Phi fraternity. Monday would have ended his pledge period, said Joyner.

On Sunday, Thorp encouraged anyone with information about Shannon’s whereabouts over the weekend to alert Carrboro Police.

“As we grieve David’s loss as a campus community, our thoughts are with his parents, family and friends,” said Thorp in the statement.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Sgt. Metz at 919-918-7409 or Lt. Westbrook at 919-918-7417.

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