USC President Harris Pastides speaking at the Horseshoe on Fayad
Close friend, Larry Durstine speaks on how great Fayad was.
By: Jamaal Simmons
The USC community reflects on the lost of a well-liked professor, Dr. Raja Fayad. Police say he was shot and killed by his ex-wife who then committed suicide. The shootings happened Thursday in Fayad's office in the School of Public Health building where he was graduate director and head of the Applied Physiology.
Students and faculity gathered a candlelight vigil to honor Fayad at the USC Horseshoe on Friday. USC President Harris Pastides, some of Fayad's close colleagues and students spoke at the ceremony. "This is really the ultimate showcase of any community we have here at Carolina," said USC Student Body Vice President Donnie Iorio.
President Pastides told the group he had met with Raja Fayad's brother the day after the shooting and said it was extremely difficult to do.
One of Fayad's closest colleagues, Larry Durstine, said he was devastated when he heard the news. He said he was inspired when he arrived at the Horseshoe and saw how many people had showed up.
"I use it (the ceremony) as reinforcement for me to go back into the classroom and back into the lab and work as hard as he did." Durstine said.