Furman University mourns student’s death


The Furman University community continues to mourn the loss of student Caroline Smith, who died at an off-campus event on Hilton Head Island the weekend of April 5. 

More than 400 people gathered in the campus chapel Tuesday evening for a memorial service in Smith’s honor. 

Furman senior Craig Yount said he volunteered with Smith. He said she was a mentor to a person with special needs. Yount said he was also part of her training to become a campus tour guide. 

“She cared so deeply, and she was just so kind,” Yount said. “She had touched so many lives because she was so involved.”

More than 400 people, including students, faculty, staff, and Furman trustees attended Tuesday’s memorial. 

“Nothing could do the justice of the light that she brought to campus, but the memorial was very well done,” Yount said.

According to one of Smith’s professors, the loss has shocked the community. 

“We had to actually not hold class on Monday…the news was so shocking to so many people that we decided not to hold class that day,” said Brandon Inabinet, who is an associate professor of communication studies. 

According to an email Furman president Elizabeth Davis sent to the student body, Smith was majoring in communications and history and a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. 

For the community of 2,800 students, including Smith’s brother, losing her has left a void on campus. 

“I think at a larger school, you may not notice it as much, but really our whole family grieves together here at Furman,” Inabinet said. 

An autopsy report on Smith’s death will take eight to 10 weeks to complete, according to the Beaufort County Coroner’s Office.

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