Diamoney Greene, the USC student who was found dead Tuesday evening, was remembered Thursday as someone who brought a glow into any room she walked into – always smiling and upbeat – as well as a great mother to her young daughter.
Greene, 20, was found shot to death in her apartment at the Copper Beech complex, along with 21-year-old Brandon Early, who had shot her, then himself in an apparent murder-suicide, according to Richland County officials.
Deputies confirmed Thursday that Early and Greene were involved in a relationship. But it’s unclear how long they were together.
In the wake of the tragedy, those who knew Greene are taking the time to mourn her death but also remember her as someone who had a joyful passion for life.
Never miss a local story.
Greene grew up in St. Stephen – in Berkeley County – where she attended St. Stephen Middle School. She then attended Timberland High School, where she played volleyball, basketball, soccer and was also a cheerleader.
According to Timberland principal Kerry Daugherty, Greene was a part of the state championship winning basketball team in 2011. In her senior year, Greene gave birth to her daughter, something that for most students is a tough hurdle to surmount.
But, according to Daugherty, that wasn’t the case for Greene. Greene attended S.C. State University and was a part of the cheerleading team before transferring to the University of South Carolina to pursue a degree in criminology and criminal justice.
“I have an incredible amount of admiration for Diamoney,” Daugherty said. “Sometimes when children have children, things such as their future goals change and go out of the window. Diamoney found a way to make that work. She found a balance for it, and she continued to go on and do what she wanted to do while still providing for her daughter.”
“Diamoney frequented the school and she always brought the baby to see me and I have favorable memories of seeing her with her daughter,” Daugherty said.
The last time he said he remembers speaking with her was a few weeks ago at one of the school’s football games, which she attended with Early. Daugherty said he also knew Early when Daugherty was an assistant principal at Goose Creek High School, where Early attended, but didn’t know him as well as Greene.
Daugherty said the Timberland community, a population of 700 students, is trying to cope with news of Greene’s death. He said even though there haven’t been any plans made for a vigil for Greene, it won’t take long for the community to pull together and do something in her memory.
Daugherty said Greene had a “bright, promising future” and attributed that to her attitude and close family support. Her mother works as an office clerk at the high school and is also the head coach of the school’s varsity cheerleading team.
Greene would often volunteer and help her mother coach the team as well as the junior varsity team, according to Daugherty.
“Diamoney was deserving of every good thing that was going to happen to her,” Daugherty said.
Daugherty said he planned to visit the family Thursday to show his support during their time of mourning.
Rahn Scott, head coach of S.C. State University’s cheerleading team and spirit squad, said that while Greene was at the university she exhibited the characteristics of a true, creative leader.
Scott said he has known Greene and her family since she was in eighth grade, when he taught her science at St. Stephen Middle. For him, Greene was like family.
“She was a very smart and very bright student,” Scott said. “I taught her science, and I taught her my first year of teaching. She was in one of my favorite classes.”
But, according to Scott, Greene affected his life beyond the classroom. Scott said she was the one who suggested he help coach the cheerleading squad. Scott went with Greene to Timberland High School, where he became the assistant coach of the cheerleading team alongside her mother.
He, too, remembers Greene as being a good mother. Scott said now the little girl’s father and Greene’s family are both helping to raise her.
Diamoney “was trying to become a better person for herself and her daughter. She was a great mother, and she has the greatest parents ever. ... So, she is going to be missed because she was loved so much. I’m going to really miss her.”
Scott said there are currently no funeral arrangements made for Greene, but he along with the S.C. State University cheerleading squad are planning to visit Greene’s family this weekend to show their support.
According to Lt. Curtis Wilson, a Richland County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, investigators revealed that Greene was seen alive as late as Monday, one day before her body was found in her apartment. Initial reports suggested she was killed Saturday or Sunday.