Claflin University students mourned the loss of a fellow Panther on Friday.

Dravious Terry, a senior business major from Greer, was remembered as a nice person around campus.

“I met him at freshman orientation and he was always funny,” Esther Jones said. “We were cool ever since then.”

She first met him while they were waiting in line for lunch.

“He told me I was pretty,” she said laughing. “He was like, ‘You don’t have to wait at the back of the line, you can come get in front of me.’”

Terry died on Friday morning after being shot and killed in an incident at Campus Corner, an off-campus apartment complex.

Andrew Sanders Jr., 21, of Savannah, Ga. has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. Claflin described him as Terry’s roommate.

Jones said Terry’s death, “was really shocking.”

She wants the family to stay strong and not to lose faith in God.

“Even though God allowed this pain to happen, he’s also the one that takes pain away,” she said.

She added that family is “one of the greatest treasures and gifts we have on Earth, so you’ve just got to be there for one another.”

Curtis Patterson said word of the death came too soon after another Claflin student was injured in an off-campus shooting incident.

“Honestly, the first word that came to my mind was ‘again?’” he said. “It’s not the first time this happened within the last couple weeks.”

Patterson said safety isn’t a major concern after these two events.

“It’s not that I don’t feel safe, it’s just that, what’s being done to prevent this?” he said. “I understand you can’t predict everything.”

“What’s next that has to be done to make sure this doesn’t happen again?” he added.

Freshman Isaiah Jordan said, “When I heard about the shooting, it was quite terrifying.”

“And it happened before!” Jordan said. “Two weeks and now this happened.”

The Spartanburg native said it is concerning for him since he is away from home.

“I’m just a little concerned about being in a new place and hope to have security to serve and protect,” he said.

Jordan said he wants to see “more love, less hate.”

After hearing of the shooting incident, Alex Keitt said he was thinking, “What’s going on?”

To the family, Keitt said, “Everybody has their prayers with them.”

“Hopefully they can get to the bottom of this and get some answers,” he added.

The university held a vigil for the fallen Panther on Friday afternoon inside the James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel on Claflin’s campus.

In a letter addressed to the Claflin family, the Student Government Association said, “It is during moments like this we are reminded to come together and stand.”

“The Student Government Association sends our condolences to those that are impacted by this event,” the letter continued. “It is critical that we do not allow this moment to pass without celebrating the life of Dravious Terry.”

Contact the writer: jmack@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5516.

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John Mack is a 2016 graduate of Claflin University. He is an Orangeburg native.

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