Emails released by the University of South Carolina over the weekend show a former professor had campus police remove his ex-wife from school grounds less than a month before she killed him in a murder-suicide last week.
The Richland County Coroner’s Office and state police believe 45-year-old USC exercise science professor Raja Fayad was shot and killed by his fomer wife 46-year-old Sunghee Kwon in his office on February 5.
WLTX-TV reports a January 12 incident report from the USC Police shows officers were called to the Public Health Research Center that morning over a woman who would not leave Dr. Fayad’s lab. Fayad told police that Kwon was making him uncomfortable and would not leave the building. He described her as a student he was “uncomfortable with” because she kept showing up in his classroom and office unannounced.
The report says Kwon told officers she was trying to get into the Public Health PhD program and was contacting Fayad about her application. Police asked Kwon to leave the building and to not contact Fayad until she was accepted into the program.
Fayad also told officers that Kwon’s background as a computer science major made her unqualified for the public health doctoral program.
The next day Fayad admitted to police that he had, in fact, been in a relationship with Kwon. But he said the two had broken up two weeks earlier and he had since moved out of his home and changed his cell phone number. The Richland County Coroner’s Office said Fayad and Kwon had gotten a divorce several years ago, but still remained in a relationship until earlier this year. The professor forwarded all email he had received from Kwon to police on January 13.