USC to award posthumous degree to student murdered weeks before graduation


(WRIC/CNN) — The University of South Carolina student who was murdered after getting in the vehicle will receive a posthumous degree.

Authorities say the student was kidnapped and killed after getting into a vehicle, she believed was her uber.

21-year-old Samantha Josephson was scheduled to graduate from the university in May.

A university spokesperson said, Josephson will be awarded the degree during commencement ceremonies next month.

Jospheson was found dead in late March, 14 hours after she was seen getting into a vehicle outside a bar that was not uber.

The suspect in Josephson’s death, Nathaniel Davide Rowland, was arrested and charged with murder and kidnapping. Her blood and cellphone were later found inside his car.

He remains in custody awaiting his next court appearance.

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