University of the Cumberlands
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General - Mon, Jun. 19, 2017

Williamsburg, Ky - University of the Cumberlands (UC) mourns the loss of student-athlete, Zachary Finch. Finch was killed in a shooting in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sunday, June 18, 2017. He was a senior at Cumberlands and a member of the Patriots baseball team.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Zach Finch," said UC President Larry Cockrum. "Zach was an incredible young man with a very bright future. We ask the entire Cumberlands family to join in praying for Zach's family and friends during this terribly difficult time."

"Zach was an amazing young man who always had a smile on his face," said Emily Coleman, Vice President for Student Services. "His smile was infectious and always brightened up a room. Zach went out of his way to say hello to others; he was a joy to be around. He will be deeply missed by our campus community." 

"We are absolutely heartbroken over the death of Zach," said Brad Shelton, Head Coach for UC Baseball. "Zach was a member of our program for three years. He was kindhearted, intelligent and well spoken. His teammates and I loved him. Please pray for his family in this difficult time."

Anyone with information about Finch's death is encouraged to contact the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department at 704-336-7600.

Free and confidential counseling services are available for UC students, faculty and staff. Information regarding counseling services, including referrals for appointments, can be obtained by contacting Jodi Carroll, MSW, LCSW, Director of Behavioral Health, at 606-539-3553 or [email protected].

Funeral services for Finch will be held at Mint Hill Chapel in Mint Hill, North Carolina, outside Charlotte. Visitation will take place Friday, June 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed immediately by the funeral. For more information about service details and directions, contact McEwen Funeral Service at 704.545.4864 or