A University of South Carolina student was found dead after attending a Pi Kappa Alpha party on St. Patrick’s Day. That student has been named as 18-year-old Charles “Charlie” Terreni Jr. He’s a native of Columbia, South Carolina. Police say there is no early indication of foul play in the death.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Neighbors Described a Large Party Taking Place on the Night of Terreni’s Death
WIST-TV reports that Terreni was found dead at a home along Lee Street close to the University of South Carolina on the morning of March 18. The station spoke to neighbors of the home, who said it was a known frat house of Pi Kappa Alpha. The residents said that the frat had a large party on the night of March 17, St. Patrick’s Day.
2. The National Body of Pi Kappa Alpha Has Suspended the UofSC Chapter
The frat has been placed on “administrative suspension” by the national body of Pi Kappa Alpha. In a statement, PKA said, “The Fraternity’s thoughts and prayers are with the family of this young man and the brothers of the Xi chapter.” According to the frat’s Facebook, PKA has been in South Carolina since 1947.
3. His Father Helped to Build the 2010 South Carolina Census
Terreni’s father, Charles Terreni, is a prominent lawyer in Columbia, South Carolina, according to his law firm’s website. Terreni senior is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. In his legal career, Terreni senior has worked with the South Carolina Senate on the state’s 2010 census. His wife is Patricia Yeatman. His bio states that the couple have two sons, Charles Jr. and Shand. Shand Terreni is a student at the Cardinal Newman School, a private Catholic high school in South Carolina. Shand is in the class of 2017. In a testimony from Charlie and Patti Terreni on the school’s website, it reads:
We are fortunate that our children can experience the unique educational experience offered by Cardinal Newman School. In the Catholic tradition, Cardinal Newman’s faculty and staff welcomes students from all walks of life and provides them with strong academics in a faith based environment. Whether in the classroom, on the athletic fields, or in social settings, Cardinal Newman students are taught to work hard and make good decisions. For us, this is the definition of a well rounded education.
4. He Was a Business & Economics Student
According to his Facebook page, Terreni was a business student at the University of South Carolina. He was a member of the Gamecock Economic Society.
5. The Terreni Family Are All Huge Soccer Fans, Coaches & Players
The Terreni family are all soccer enthusiasts. On Charles Terreni’s bio it reads that he’s a soccer enthusiast and has coached the sport. Charlie Terreni was a soccer star at Cardinal Newman during his high school years, making it to a state championship game in his senior year. Shand Terreni’s Facebook page shows a photo of Italian soccer giant’s AC Milan’s stadium and a team picture of the Cardinal Newman team.