Samantha Josephson killing could lead to new ride-sharing law

Samantha Josephson killing could lead to new ride-sharing law

Samantha Josephson killing could lead to new ride-sharing law

Josephson, a college senior, was last seen by friends at a bar in Columbia early Friday morning.

The City of Columbia Police Department, the Clarendon County Sheriffs' Office, and SLED are continuing to investigate this case. Rowland was arrested and charged with murder and kidnapping, said police. She got separated from the group, so she called an Uber to take her home around 1:30 a.m. Friday, authorities said.

Police spotted the Impala that Josephson got into about 3 a.m. Saturday. The driver ran, but was arrested after a short chase, Holbrook said. Rowland was also in possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Throughout the day, students in University of SC clothing placed flowers in front of a memorial at a fountain in Columbia's Five Points bar district where Josephson was last seen. "Skip" Holbrook said police discovered blood in the auto matching Josephson's and the victim's cellphone along with bleach, window cleaner and other cleaning supplies.

They also allegedly recovered her cellphone from his vehicle along with cleaning wipes, bleach, and window cleaner.

"There are no words to describe the enormous pain, his actions have caused our family and friends", Marci Josephson said.

It was not immediately clear how Josephson died.

Holbrook also said the child safety locks in the Impala were activated, which would make it hard for anyone to open the back doors from the inside.

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Police say Josephson would have not been able to escape the vehicle once she realized her mistake, as the child safety locks were turned on inside. "There is nothing tougher than to stand before a family and explain how a loved one was murdered", the chief said.

Josephson's father, Seymour Josephson, took to social media to confirm his daughter's death.

It is with tremendous sadness and of a broken heart that I post this! "The last words she said to me over FaceTime on Thursday were that I was her person and she loved me and that she could truly be herself around me".

"It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write these words this morning". Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

"I don't want anybody else to ever go through this again", he said.

Josephson was due to graduate this year with a degree in political science. She was from Robbinsville Township, New Jersey, about 10 miles east of Trenton.

Members of the slain student's family, including her mother, father, and sister attended, while friends paid tribute to her.

Rowland waived his right to appear at his bond hearing on Sunday.

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