Brandon Robinson SC State University Student Funeral

AP on shooting death of South Carolina State University Student Brandon Robinson:

ORANGEBURG, S.C. — A 20-year-old South Carolina State student shot to death outside a dormitory played football, the school said Saturday.

Brandon Robinson played outside linebacker and defensive end and appeared in four games last season. He attended high school in Orangeburg and was an engineering technology student.

“Brandon was a fine young man who was paying his way through college. All he wanted to do was play football for the university,” Bulldogs coach Buddy Pough said. “We are at (a) loss for words right now.”

Robinson was shot to death Friday afternoon after arguing with Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, of Charleston, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said. Singleton was charged with murder and arrested early Saturday at an Orangeburg apartment complex.

Singleton “pulled out a gun and fired at Robinson, hitting him in the neck area,” according to an arrest warrant filed by a SLED investigator.

Authorities initially said they were looking for four men who had left campus. The school decided to lock down the campus Friday so that whoever was responsible for the shooting could not return, university police chief Mernard Clarkson said Friday. The lockdown was lifted Friday evening.

“Our hearts are heavy with grief and sorrow by the senseless act of violence,” university president Thomas Elzey said.

SLED spokesman Thom Berry declined to say Saturday whether investigators were continuing to hunt for three other suspects. Detectives were confident Singleton pulled the trigger, he said.

“Our Investigation is still under way and is ongoing,” Berry said.

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