Authorities now say they believe a University of South Carolina student found dead with a man in an off-campus apartment complex Tuesday night was the victim of an apparent murder-suicide.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts identified the two dead as 20-year-old Diamoney Greene and 21-year-old Brandon Early. Watts said the evidence at the scene indicates Early shot and killed Greene before turning the gun on himself.
A Richland County Sheriff’s Department spokesman said the bodies were discovered inside a unit at the Copper Beech Apartments Tuesday night. A roommate came home to the apartment that evening and discovered the bodies, but the coroner said he believes the shootings occurred at least a day earlier. Deputies said Early and Greene were in a relationship, but they were not aware of any previous domestic violence incidents involving the two.
Greene was a sophomore criminal justice major at the school. WLTX-TV reported that she had recently transferred from South Carolina State University, where she was a cheerleader. WCIV in Charleston reported she was a native of St. Stephen, while Early was from Goose Creek.
“Patricia and I are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Diamoney Greene, a member of our Carolina family,” USC President Harris Pastides said in a statement. “Our heartfelt prayers are with Diamoney’s family and friends during this difficult time. As our campus grieves the loss of a promising young life, USC will make counseling and support services available to our Carolina community.”
Copper Beech is an apartment complex that caters primarily to students located about 3 miles southeast of the University of South Carolina main campus.
Bill Dubensky contributed to this report