The company in India that had billboards featuring a photo of slain UNC-Chapel Hill student leader Eve Carson has apologized and has already removed one sign, according to an email from a director of the firm.
Justy Mathews, a director with Jubeerich Consultancy, wrote of his deep agony, pain and hearty condolence and my unconditional apologies from the bottom of my heart.
In an email to The News & Observer, Mathews said the use of Carsons image was an inadvertent mistake from one of the subcontractors who knew nothing of Carsons murder. He said he had sent a new subcontractor to look for the billboards and one was removed immediately. That was the only billboard found, he said, but pledged to remove any advertising with Carsons photo. He also said the company would not use photographs of anyone unless it is with a written contract with those persons to promote our education business.
Jubeerich offers study abroad opportunities and job placement, according to its website. The company has four locations in southern India, where two signs were spotted by a News & Observer reporter traveling in India.
The photograph on the sign had been widely published and broadcast in media reports of Carsons death in 2008. The picture was Carsons official student body president portrait, and the copyright is owned by the university. UNC-CH attorneys were looking into the issue, a university spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Carson, a popular and accomplished student leader, was abducted, robbed and shot to death in 2008 in a case that made international headlines. Two men are serving life sentences for her murder.
In a rambling email that included personal apologies to Carsons family members by name, Mathews wrote that he was shocked to learn the terrifying story of Carsons killing.