First-year student Charlie Terreni, Jr. identified as "suspicious death"

First-year business student Charles Terreni, Jr. was identified as the person found dead in a Lee Street house Wednesday, according to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.

An autopsy Thursday morning showed no signs of traumatic injury, according to Watts. Results of the toxicology tests are pending. 

Terreni, 18, lived on campus and was a member of USC's Pi Kappa Alpha chapter. The chapter was placed under administration suspension following Terreni's death. The fraternity's international headquarters said in a release Wednesday that the USC chapter ceased operations upon Terreni's death and is cooperating with Columbia Police and Richland County Coroner investigations.

A Columbia resident, Terreni graduated from Cardinal Newman High School after attending Heathwood Hall Episcopal School. His father, Charles Terreni, runs the Terreni Law Firm on Lady Street.

USC President Harris Pastides said in an email Thursday afternoon that he was "deeply concerned by such difficult news and by the tremendous sense of sadness that it brings to our campus."

The coroner's office received the call at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday that Terreni was found dead in the Lee Street residence. Neighbors said Wednesday they hadn't seen or heard anything out of the ordinary the night before. 

Columbia Police deemed Terreni's death "suspicious" Wednesday after they found no sign of foul play at the scene.

"During the days and weeks ahead, I would like to ask each of you to make an extra effort to reach out to one another," Pastides said in the email. "Please lend a listening ear and a generous heart to those who are experiencing sorrow and grief."



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