Messages of condolence pour in for Samantha Josephson family
“You have to look for the silver lining,” University of South Carolina Student Body President Luke Rankin said Monday in an interview with The State, as the community continues to mourn the death of student Samantha Josephson.
While coping with Josephson’s death, one silver lining might be the outpouring of support for members of the USC community. That includes a simple gesture of kindness from Clemson University.
Normally the schools, students and their alums are rivals. But in the wake of Josephson’s death, the Clemson student government issued its support for the Gamecocks.
“The student body of Clemson University expresses condolences to our peers at the University of South Carolina,” said a post on on the Clemson University Undergraduate Student Government Facebook page. “You are all in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve the loss of your fellow Gamecock and friend.
“We stand with you, as a unified South Carolina, and offer our support. With you, For South Carolina.”
That message meant a lot to Rankin.
“It’s so comforting to know we are a united Carolina and we have their support,” Rankin told The State. “It shows the camaraderie we have among all the students in this great state and that we can come together.”
When news of Josephson’s death was confirmed Saturday, Rankin called on USC students to rally around and support each other.
“It is never easy to lose a member of our Carolinian family and in times like these, we must come together to support, encourage, and love each other,” Rankin said in a letter that was posted on Twitter by the UofSC Student Government. “In these coming days, remember to lean on your friends, family and faith, encourage one another, and come together as one.”
Josephson’s body was found by turkey hunters in rural Clarendon County on Friday afternoon, just over 12 hours after she was last seen getting into a car outside a Five Points bar that, police say, she mistook for an Uber, The State reported.
Nathaniel Rowland has been charged with her murder and kidnapping, according to The State.