Columbia, SC – Two recently graduates of Ridgefield High School—22-year-old Brian M. McGrath and 22-year-old Billings S. Fuess—were killed in Columbia, South Carolina after an early morning accident on Wednesday.

The early morning accident, about 5 a.m., which occurred at George Rogers Blvd. in Columbia, killed to other women aside from McGrath and Billings. The two women, 23-year-old Kelsey C. Harris and 24-year-old Melinda S. Pipp, were both from Columbia, according to the Columbia coroner’s office.

Both McGrath and Harris were students at the University of South Carolina whilst Fuess was a former student of the university.

The group of four was last seen at a local nightspot before leaving in the car of McGrath. It was reported that both McGrath and Fuess had been best friends ever since high school.

University of South Carolina president Harris Pastides issued on Thursday afternoon a statement delivering the tragic incident. He said that it is with great sadness that he will share the news that yesterday morning; they lost three members of their university family.

The names of the yesterday’s tragic accident that occurred off George Rogers Blvd. have been released this afternoon and among the four that died, two were USC students—Kelsey Harris and Brian McGrath—and one other was a former student, Billings Fuess.

Pastides added that losing a young life is the most painful experience and yesterday, four young, vibrant spirits were lost. Thoughts and prayers were asked by the president for the surviving family and friends of the victims. Columbia  Injury Lawyer