Disney CEO Bob Iger Weighs In On School Shooting Hero Immortalized as Jedi

We first told you about Lucasfilm’s decision to immortalize UNCC school shooting hero Riley Howell as an official jedi last week— and now, Disney CEO Bob Iger is weighing in.

Howell sacrificed his own life to save others during a shooting at UNCC in April. He was a lifelong Star Wars fan. To pay tribute to Riley, Lucasfilm is honoring him as a jedi and even named a character after him.

The newly-created Star Wars character, named Ri-Lee Howell, is described in the Star Wars fan site as a Jedi Master and historian of the Jedi Order who collected accounts of explorations of the Force. His character was first mentioned in a 2019 reference book that accompanied this year’s film Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker, the site said.

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