Victim in Copper Beech murder-suicide was last seen Monday night
By Emery Glover| November 12, 2014 at 12:55 AM EST - Updated July 2 at 10:45 AM
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS)
Despite information that indicated the two victims of an apparent murder-suicide at Copper Beech Apartments had been dead for several days, the Richland County Sheriff's Department now says one of the victims was last seen on Monday.
According to sheriff's department spokesman Lt. Curtis Wilson, 20-year-old Diamoney Greene, a criminal justice major at the University of South Carolina, was spotted the day before she was found dead.
Greene, along with 21-year-old Brandon Early, were found dead by a roommate late Tuesday night. According to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts, Early shot Greene, then turned the gun on himself.
Wilson confirms the two were dating, but there were no documented incidents of violence between the two.
According to the Copper Beech website, the complex provides housing for college students.
In May, deputies were called to the complex after a security guard reported someone fired shots at him.
"You kind of feel unsafe in your apartment complex," Nick Stevens, who lives in the complex, said. "You don't feel safe that two people are found dead. So that's my initial reaction, just not feeling safe. It wasn't as bad last year, there were some incidents, someone wasn't shot, but there were gunshots, which happens. I mean, it's not supposed to happen, but it happens. But no, I definitely would have not signed a lease is knowing all this information."
Officials from the Richland County Sheriff's Department are continuing to investigate the incident.
Late Wednesday, USC President Pastides released a statement about the shooting.
"Patricia and I are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Diamoney Greene, a member of our Carolina family," Pastides said. "Our heartfelt prayers are with Diamoney's family and friends during this difficult time. As our campus grieves the loss of a promising young life, USC will make counseling and support services available to our Carolina community."