|| By FITSNEWS || Richland County officials have identified the 18-year-old University of South Carolina fraternity student who died this week as Charlie Terreni, Jr. – a Columbia, S.C. native (and son of a prominent local attorney).
FITS was provided with Terreni’s name shortly after the first wave of news reports hit, but we declined to publish it (given the criticism we took the last time somebody died on the USC campus).
An autopsy on Terreni’s body did not uncover any signs of trauma, although toxicology results have yet to be released.
As we noted in our coverage of Terreni’s death, it’s been a rough academic year for fraternal organizations in South Carolina – which has movers and shakers at the S.C. State House beginning to take notice.
“I loved my fraternity experience and I did dumb things,” one such well-connected politico told FITS. “But I’m thinking it may be time to do something extreme about them.”
We have some thoughts on that subject … but for the time being we’re going to follow the lead of S.C. Rep. Kirkman Finlay, who asked for (and received) a moment of silence on Terreni’s behalf on the floor of the S.C. State House.