SC State shooting victim died 1 day before stepfather's funeral

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WCIV) -- Students at SC State University mourned the loss of one of their own on Saturday.

The men's and women's basketball teams paused before each of the games for a moment of silence in honor of Brandon Robinson, a 20-year-old student who was shot and killed Friday afternoon outside of Hugine Dormitory.

"The SC State University family is devastated by the tragic loss of Brandon. 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," said President Thomas J. Elzey in a statement.

Justin Singleton, 19, of Charleston is charged in Robinson's murder.

Robinson was a member of the school's football team and his older brother said the sport was the last thing he talked to Robinson about before he passed away.

"I was telling him you gotta have quick feet. You gotta do a whole bunch of drills or otherwise you won't be able to do much," said Brian Brown.

In a statement released by the university, Bulldog Head Coach Buddy Pough said Robinson was a fine young man who was working his way through college.

"All he wanted to do was play football for the university. It's a tragic situation, one from which we all must learn," he said.

Brown said Robinson was going through a difficult time in the days before his death.

His stepfather passed away and his funeral was scheduled for Saturday, less than 24 hours after Robinson was pronounced dead.

"It's no telling what his state of mind was when the situation occurred," said Brown.

According to a warrant, Robinson and Singleton were arguing before the shooting. When the argument escalated, Singleton pulled out a gun and shot Robinson in the neck, the warrant states.

Officials with the Orangeburg County Coroner's Office confirmed Robinson's cause of death was a gunshot to the neck.

"Just to see all of them in jail, that would make us feel a little bit happier about the situation, if you can feel happy about it," said Brown.

Police said on Saturday the were looking for four suspects in the case. So far, Singleton is the only person who has been in arrested in connection with the murder.

SLED investigators are handling the case and would only say the investigation is still ongoing.

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