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2015 Year in Review #7: USC murder-suicide

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Tragedy struck the University of South Carolina in February when a professor’s ex-wife killed him and herself in a murder-suicide.

"It was very, very, very scary, because you never knew what to expect with our campus being so open,”  “It was very scary, because we can't be protected in any type of way, you know."

Responders including police, paramedics, and firefighters made their way to USC’s Public Health Research Center. According to SLED spokesman Thom Berry, authorities found two people dead after a shooting inside.

"From every indication that we have seen so far, it appears to be a very isolated incident,” Berry said. “It does have the appearance of being a murder suicide. However, we do have a very active and ongoing investigation into this event."

The two were later identified as Dr. Raja Fayad and his ex-wife Sunghee Kwon. The couple were married for four years before divorcing in 2013 over what Kwon considered “irreconcilable differences,” according to records.

Signs of the couple’s life and the end result of a murder-suicide pointed to a case of criminal domestic violence. Even after the divorce, the couple continued to live together for more than a year.

At the time of the shooting, investigators said Kwon was living at the home alone since Dr. Fayad moved out in December 2014 to stay with a relative.

Dr. Fayad was an associate professor at USC in the Department of Exercise Science in the Arnold School of Public Health.

According to the university’s website, Fayad’s current research explored colon cancer prevention and development, as well as the structure of Crohn’s Disease

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