According to Citizen Times, Riley Howell, who was fatally shot in April to save his classmates at UNC Charlotte, has been immortalized as a Jedi and his name will be reimagined as a character in the Star Wars galaxy.
Parts of a letter written to Riley's family from Lucasfilm can be read below:
"Riley's courage and selflessness brings out the Jedi in all of us," wrote fan relations team member Lucas Seastrom. "We hope that you may rejoice in his memory, and we join you in honoring his life and example."
"As a small tribute, our Story Group has incorporated a reimagining of Riley's name as a character in the Star Wars galaxy," Seastrom continued. "We can't reveal the specific details at this time, but the character's name will appear in a forthcoming book publication later this year.
The Force will be with Riley, and all of you, always..."