2 USC students from Lowcountry dead in apparent murder-suicide

COLUMBIA (WCIV) - Richland County deputies found the bodies of two people at a popular University of South Carolina student living complex near Williams-Brice Stadium Tuesday night.

According to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts, 20-year-old Diamoney A. Greene was the victim of a single gunshot wound to the head and died at the scene.

Brandon D. Early, 21, died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Watts added. Greene was apparently a student at USC.

Early and Green were both from the Lowcountry. Early attended Goose Creek High School before heading to USC, and Greene was from Alvin, which is near St. Stephen. She attended Timberland High School where she played soccer and basketball, according to the school's football coach Art Craig.

"We shouldn't have to bury our kids. Our kids should bury us. And I think that's a hard thing that hits home with us here," he said. "Your heart hurts because you just try to imagine what they're going through. And I don't now that we do know what they're going through, but it really is tough on us as staff to know that one of our own has to go through this."

He said the Timberland community is distraught by the loss of Greene and described her as a great person and student-athlete.

"I can't imagine not hearing her laugh coming down the hall when we start spring practice and her not being out there with the cheerleaders," said Timberland volleyball coach Joy Elizondo.

Elizondo remembers Greene, a star athlete who helped the Timberland girls' basketball team win a state championship. After graduating in 2012, she returned to help with the cheerleading team.

"You think about Diamoney on so many levels. And right now the void in her family is obviously the priority here. That's all anybody can think about," Elizondo said.

Richland County sheriff's official Lt. Curtis Wilson said the bodies had been there for some time. Wilson says deputies were called after a roommate was unable to get into the apartment and looked through a side window and saw the bodies.

The coroner said autopsies on both Greene and Early were completed Wednesday morning and it appears to be a murder-suicide. The Richland County Coroner and The Richland County Sheriff's Department continue to investigate.

"Diamoney is going to be missed by everyone," said Elizondo.

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