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University community looking for answers after SC State student shot and killed

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Brandon Robinson (Source: gofundme.com) Brandon Robinson (Source: gofundme.com)
Justin Singleton (Source: Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center) Justin Singleton (Source: Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center)
ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) -

Authorities arrested a 19-year-old South Carolina State University student in connection with a fatal shooting on campus Friday.

Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, was taken into custody Saturday morning without incident at an Orangeburg apartment complex about three miles from campus and charged with murder, SLED Spokesman Thom Berry said.

Singleton was arguing with 20-year-old Brandon Robinson outside Hugine Suites, a student apartment dorm, when Singleton pulled out a gun and fired at Robinson, hitting him in the neck, according to an arrest warrant.

Robinson was later pronounced dead at Orangeburg Regional Medical Center.

Robinson was a junior industrial engineering technology major from Orangeburg and played football as an outside linebacker and defensive end for SC State, the university said.

"The SC State University family is devastated by the tragic loss of Brandon," said President Thomas J. Elzey. "Our hearts are heavy with grief and sorrow by the senseless act of violence, which took too soon a beloved member of our university family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brandon's family and friends during this most difficult time in their lives. On behalf of SC State University, I extend our deepest, heartfelt sympathy to them."

SC State University head football coach Buddy Pough said Robinson was an outstanding young man who was paying his way through college.

"We are at loss for words right now," Pough said. "The entire university and our athletic family are grieving right now and our hearts are heavy. Our deepest condolences go out to the Robinson family. All he wanted to do was play football for the university. It's a tragic situation, one from which we all must learn."

Now the university community is looking for answers.

"There's no reason for a student to be shooting another student," said SC State senior Shawn Harrison. "No reason at all."

Harrison said he occasionally ran into Robinson on campus and heard about the shooting on twitter.

He said he couldn't believe this happened.

"Like he didn't mess with nobody he stayed to himself," Harrison said. "He basically would be around all the football players because he played football, and he was just a cool dude. Both of them probably had something great going for them, who knows. All I know is that that's very sad to me and this never should have happened."

Campus on Saturday seemed quiet as students tried to carry on with their normal routines, however, for some, safety is now a concern.

"To be honest I don't [feel safe] because if this can happen in broad daylight it can happen anytime," Harrison said.

Safety on campus is just one of many questions students have after what happened Friday.

"I think the president is going to a good job increasing the safety on campus for the students," said SC State student Devin Rothery.

A gofundme account has been set up to help with Robinson's funeral expenses. University officials say they are planning to have a memorial for Robinson.

SLED continues to investigate.

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