21-year-old t Samantha Josephson, a senior at South Carolina’s flagship university, was kidnapped and killed early Friday after she got into a car mistakenly thinking it was an Uber. Nathaniel Rowland,who drove the car, 24, has been charged with Josephson’s kidnapping and murder.
Investigators said Josephson had ordered an Uber and they believe she thought Rowland’s car was her ride.
Josephson suffered wounds to her head, neck, face, upper body, leg, and foot. Investigators have not said what weapon was used to kill Josephson.
“Samantha was by herself. She had absolutely no chance. None. The door was locked, the child safety locks were on. She had absolutely no chance,” Josephson’s father Seymour said Sunday night at a candlelight vigil in Columbia.
After news of Josephson’s death broke, University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides said the college would do everything it could to prevent another such death.