Furman student from Atlanta dies at party on Hilton Head Island

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HILTON HEAD, S.C. (WSAV) – Investigators are trying to find out more about the events leading up to the death of a Furman University student on Hilton Head.

Caroline Smith, a sophomore from Atlanta, died Saturday at a college party inside a warehouse on Enterprise Lane, according to an incident report from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO).

Investigators say the party was held inside a business called Meeting Dynamics. Online reports say the business specializes in planning for events, parties and conferences.

According to the incident report, several people at the event said they were drinking alcohol and there were no drugs involved. Witnesses say Smith said she didn’t feel well and moments later, fell to the ground and was unresponsive.

CPR was performed until EMS arrived. They used Narcan but were unable to revive her.

BCSO is still looking into the case and have not filed any charges at this time.

Smith’s cause of death will have to be determined by an autopsy, including a toxicity test.

The results could take several weeks. BCSO is not releasing additional information about the case until the autopsy report is complete. 

Elizabeth Davis, the President of Furman University in Greenville posted the following message, in part, online regarding the student’s death:

The university extends its most heartfelt condolences to Caroline’s family and her friends. I hope all of you will do the same during this time of profound sorrow.

As a close and caring community, such a loss impacts all of us, and we are reminded how fragile life can be. It is important that we console one another in our grief and seek help if we need it.

Smith was a history and communication studies major and Kappa Delta sorority member.

Davis said memorial services are being planned for the student in Greenville and Atlanta.

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