The father of Samantha Josephson, the University of South Carolina student police says, was killed after getting what she thought was her Uber, warned college students on Sunday never to travel alone under a vigil on campus.
"I can't tell you how painful it is" Seymour Josephson, from Robbinsville, told hundreds to pay attention to his daughter. "Samantha was alone. She had absolutely no chance."
Samantha Josephson, 21, was killed early Saturday after mistakenly entering a foreign car in Columbia, South Carolina. She thought the black impala was the uber tour she had called. The woman's body was found 70 miles away, police said.
Nathaniel David Rowland, 24, was arrested at. 2 on Saturday after a police officer on the patrol pulled him over. Investigators found blood in the passenger area and the cargo compartment of the car, which was later determined to be Josephson, police said.
Josephson's cell phone was also found in the car, police said.
Police believe her murderer used the child safety locks to prevent her from escaping.
Warrants from the State Law Enforcement Department said that Samantha Josephson had "many wounds on several parts of her body," including her head, neck, face, torso, leg and foot. "
" She had absolutely no chance of this, but if there is someone else in the car, there is actually a chance, "said Seymour Josephson to hundreds who came to the candle light.
Samantha & # 39; s girlfriend, who was only identified in media accounts as "Greg," also spoke to Vigil.
"The last words she told me about FaceTime on Thursday was that I was her person and that she loved me, and that she could really be herself around me, "said the boyfriend.
Formerly Josephson and his wife Marci attended a hearing hoping to see Rowland, who is accused of kidnapping and murder.
But Rowland waived its right to appear in court, according to several media accounts.
Instead, Marci Rowland read the following statement in court:
"There are no words to describe the enormous pain his actions have caused our family and friends. He has taken away a piece of our heart, soul and life "Shame on him. We thought he would be here to see his evil face. I can't understand how anyone randomly picks a person, a beautiful girl, and steals his life away. His actions were meaningless, unhappy, and unacceptable. Sings us to believe that his face was the last thing my baby girl saw on this earth, did he even know her name? My daughter Samantha Josephson, more lovingly known to her family as sweet pea. Let me tell you about my daughter. Samantha was ridiculous, loving, kind and full of life, she had a plan, she worked hard, graduated from college in May, and started law school in September, unlike him, Samantha valued human life and could never hurt another soul. opposed To him, Samantha had love in her heart and purpose in her life, the life he brutally ended. He took away our daughter, a sister, a grandson, a niece, a cousin and a friend to so many. His selfish, inedible and violent acts have created a hole in the universe. A hole in our universe and we see the unthinkable ripple affecting her world. I ask the court to refuse a bond or the posting of a bond. He should never get the right to go free again for what he did to my daughter or have the opportunity to hurt someone else. Samantha Josephson. My daughter is called Samantha Josephson. Never forget her name. Samantha Josephson. Shame on him. "
Samatha Josephson was a political scientific and aspiring lawyer who hoped to attend Drexel University, said the family. Her burial takes place on Wednesday.
Rowland is held without bail in a Columbia, South Carolina prison. April 22.
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