Clemson student remembers fraternity brother who died a week before graduation


A Clemson University student is dead just a week before he was set to graduate. Billy Gallien of Clover, SC was killed when he crashed in to a parked dump truck on I-85 in Greer Wednesday night.

To Malik McDonald, Gallien was a brother. 

We were in the same fraternity,” he said. “We both came in Fall of 2016 and just from then on [we have] always been together.”

They joined The Farmhouse fraternity at Clemson and were both in the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences.

He was just all around [a] good person, you know. He was always there to help people whenever they needed it. [He] always extended his hand, even if you didn’t need anything,” McDonald said.

McDonald said he learned that Gallien had passed on Thursday morning. 

It’s been rough because being with somebody that you’ve known for three years…it dosen’t seem long, but when you’re in a fraternity, y’all are brothers,” he said. “You do everything together.”

Gallien’s pickup truck hit a parked dump truck around 9:45 p.m. as he traveled north on I-85 in Greer. 

According to South Carolina Highway Patrol, the dump truck was guarded by a crash barrier with lights on it as the driver was picking up debris. 

McDonald said Gallien was on his way home for work when the crash happened and had taken his final exams earlier that day. 

He said Gallien was looking forward to graduating next week and he was also excited to begin a career as a forrester. 

A lot of people are going to miss him,” McDonald said. “A lot of people love him and cherish him, and he just won’t be forgotten.”

According to South Carolina Highway Patrol, no charges have been filed in the incident. 

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