- A 21-year-old University of South Carolina college student was found dead over the weekend after mistakenly getting into a car she believed to be her Uber ride.
- Police have arrested 24-year-old Nathaniel David Rowland on charges of murder and kidnapping linked to Josephson’s death.
- In court on Sunday, Josephson’s mother delivered an emotional statement in which she described her daughter’s alleged killer as “evil” and asking the court to deny bail or the posting of a bond.
- Hundreds of students gathered on Sunday at a vigil to honour Josephson.
The mother of a University of South Carolina college student who was killed after mistakenly getting into a car she believed to be her Uber delivered an emotional statement in court on Sunday about her daughter’s alleged killer.
Marci Josephson’s daughter, 21-year-old Samantha Josephson, went missing on Friday after a night out in Columbia, South Carolina with friends. After leaving her friends at the bar, she got into a black Chevy Impala she thought was her Uber, Columbia Police said during a press conference. Her body was later found by turkey hunters around 90 miles outside the college town.
Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook told CBS they arrested 24-year-old Nathaniel David Rowland on charges of murder and kidnapping linked to Josephson’s death. At Rowland’s court hearing on Sunday, Marci Josephson described her daughter’s alleged killer as “evil.”
The investigation regarding USC student Samantha Josephson is now a homicide case. Her body was found by hunters in rural Clarendon Co. late yesterday afternoon. Suspect Nathaniel Rowland has been charged w/ Murder & Kidnapping by SLED. Agents have been an integral part in case. pic.twitter.com/2tj8TVRAex
— Columbia Police Dept (@ColumbiaPDSC) March 30, 2019
“Does he even know her name?” she said before the judge. “Samantha was bubbly, loving, kind and full of life. She had a plan. She worked hard, was graduating from college in May and starting law school in September. Unlike him, Samantha valued human life and could never harm another soul. Unlike him, Samantha had love within her heart and purpose in her life, the life he brutally ended.”
Marci Josephson and her husband, Seymour, gathered with family and hundreds of University of South Carolina students on Sunday at a vigil to honour their daughter. She was set to graduate in May and planned to attend law school at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Huge gathering at USC for the Samantha Josephson vigil – about 500 ppl gathered on field behind set of red chairs where family is sitting, around photo of Samantha pic.twitter.com/EIZAFXXuRc
— Gabe Cavallaro (@gabe_cavallaro) March 31, 2019
In a Facebook post, her father wrote “Samantha is no longer with us but she will not be forgotten.”
A GoFundMe campaign was set up on Saturday to raise money to cover Josephson’s funeral costs, with almost $US60,000 raised in the first two days.
“I implore the court to deny bail, or the posting of a bond. He should never be given the right to walk free again for what he did to my daughter, or given the opportunity to hurt anyone else,” Marci Josephson said in court. “Samantha Josephson. My daughter’s name is Samantha Josephson. Don’t ever forget her name. Samantha Josephson. Shame on him.”
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