‘Apparent death by suicide’ closes USC parking garage

A student died at a University of South Carolina parking garage Monday in an “apparent death by suicide,” according to school officials.

It was first reported as a “public safety incident” at 2:18 p.m. Monday via the university emergency preparedness Twitter account Carolina Alert.

University spokesman Jeff Stensland said Tuesday that the deceased was a student at USC.

The Dodie Parking Garage is part of the school’s Roost Athletics Village and is near multiple USC athletics facilities, including the soccer team’s Stone Stadium; the Dodie Academic Enrichment Center; the Rice Athletics Center; and the softball, tennis, beach volleyball, and track and field venues.

The garage remained closed ahead of Monday night’s South Carolina softball game against Ole Miss.

USC issued an “all clear” alert shortly after 8:30 p.m. Monday, saying, “The incident response has ended.”

FINDING HELP: If you have suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You can also contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

Teddy Kulmala covers breaking news for The State and covered crime and courts for seven years in Columbia, Rock Hill, Aiken and Lumberton, N.C. He graduated from Clemson University and grew up in Barnwell County.