Columbia student's murderer is still on the loose

By Tim Pulliam - email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Columbia police are looking for a man they believe shot and killed a college student in his home.

Widley Philius will never finish his graduate degree. His family says he was taking courses online. "You sent him off to school so he could achieve," said Philius' brother, Butler. "For something like this to take place, it really crushes me."

Two months ago, Widley's life ended abruptly inside his home off apple valley road in Columbia. Police believe Stephon "step" Greene shot him.

Police say Philius didn't do anything wrong. "This guy was a college student," said interim Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott. "He was in school, getting his education to become a member of our community."

Philius and Greene were arguing that day. Investigators say Greene left the house, then came back and started shooting. Greene ran away afterwards, and hasn't been seen since.

Your tips could put Widley's suspected killer behind bars. "You've got to take these issues personal because this is our community and when you have a situation like that where there's not closure, the person that committed this crime is still out there," said Scott. "It's uneasy, so I can't imagine how the family feels right now knowing that the guy that committed this murder is still out there."

Until that happens, Widley's family reflects on the good times and wonder what he could have become. "I had an opportunity to see him develop into a man," said Butler. "The different characteristics and charm that he has, smile that he has, way he has the ability to make everyone feel joyful."

If you know anything about Philius' murder, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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