Murder-suicide prompted changes in university’s security

Professor Raja Fayad was shot to death in a lab at the University of South Carolina on Feb. 5, 2015 by his ex-wife, who then killed herself.

COLUMBIA — One year after a murder-suicide at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health, university officials say they are confident the campus community is better equipped in case of a similar incident.

University spokesman Wes Hickman tells The State newspaper that the school’s buildings are more secure, more emergency management staff has been added to operate the alert systems and the university is no longer limited to the number of emails it can send to students over the course of an hour.

Authorities said Professor Raja Fayad was killed in a lab on Feb. 5, 2015 by his ex-wife Sunghee Kwon, who then killed herself.

The university found in an internal review released in August that its response to the incident was appropriate, but the report noted some areas for improvement.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com