A member of Pi Kappa Alpha at the University of South Carolina was found dead in an off-campus house early Wednesday morning. The name of the student has yet to be released. The death has been ruled as “suspicious, but that there are no signs of foul play or trauma,” according to WLTX.
There are no further details regarding the cause of death at this time, but an autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday. Sources close to the victim confirmed that he was in the pledging process. Kegs and St. Patrick’s Day decorations were visible on the porch of the house that contained the body.
The Xi Chapter has since been placed on administrative suspension.
The Columbia Police Department and the Richland County Coroner’s office are both investigating the death of the student, who was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. Coroner Gary Watts says his body was found around 10:30 a.m. at a home on Lee Street.
The student has not been identified. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.
The University issued a statement offering their thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the deceased, and reaffirmed that, despite a number of rumors circulating, the circumstances surrounding the student’s death does remain under investigation by Columbia Police and the Richland County Coroner, and therefore identifying the student, or the cause of death, must be left up to those officials.
The national office for the fraternity issued a statement Wednesday afternoon say the USC chapter is on administrative suspension, and has ceased all operations for now. They add that the fraternity is cooperating with investigators.
“The fraternity’s thoughts and prayers are with the family of this young man and the brothers of Xi Chapter,” the group said in a statement.
We have been told that the name of the student is Charlie Terreni. It is important that all of us — regardless of Greek affiliation or lack thereof — send our thoughts and prayers to the Terreni family and the brothers of the Xi Chapter.
The coroner’s report has confirmed that the student who died is Charlie Terreni Jr..
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