Teen set to graduate next month killed in shooting at Greenville apartments

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Greenville Police said a Southside High School teenager died after a shooting at an apartment in Greenville, early Saturday morning.

Police responded at about 3:05 a.m. to the Waterside Greene Apartments on Woodruff Road for a report of a gunshot victim.

The victim, Udeh Joshua Prince Osuagwu, Jr.,18, was found in an apartment and taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital, where he later died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Udeh Joshua Prince Osuagwu, Jr.

Detectives have not determined a motive or the relationship between the victim and the unidentified suspects.

Police said that this is the first homicide investigated by the GPD in 2019.

“It’s always like history is repeating itself, you know, like every year we’re going through the same thing to where we have young people losing their lives for stupid stuff over dumb reasons, and then the community, instead of speaking out, they seem to cover up,” said local activist Traci Fant, founder of Freedom Fighters Upstate SC.

Fant spoke with 7News on Monday after learning about the student’s death over the weekend.

She said that she knew Prince’s family and that this type of violence hit’s home for her. 

“Every time I see a young persons face on an obituary or a young persons face on the news and they’ve lost their life, I always think of my brother Andre,” Fant said.

Andre Young was murdered at 16-years-old in an armed robbery, according to Fant, who was almost 18 at the time.

“He never had the opportunity to go to the prom. He never had a first girlfriend,” Fant said.

Fant said she made it her mission to help those grieving and seek justice, because of what her family went through. 

“The only way violence is going to end is if people make the conscious decision in their mind that this life is valuable. The next life is valuable. If they make the conscious decision in their mind to not take a life, that’s the only way violence is going to end,” Fant said. 

7News spoke to people who knew ‘Prince’ on Monday, who described him as a happy person.

“Udeh was just a happy guy. He always had a smile on his face. [I] personally growing up with him through school. We have some memories, but mostly just joking around in school. Udeh was just a great person to be around. He gave off great vibes that made people want to be around him.” – Bryce Griffin

Personnel from the Greenville County Forensics Division and the Greenville County Coroner’s Office have been assisting with this investigation.

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