Funeral held for University of South Carolina student from New Jersey

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J. (WPVI) -- Family and friends attended the funeral services for 21-year-old Samantha Josephson, a New Jersey native who was murdered in South Carolina last week.

The loved ones gathered at Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction. The burial followed in Perrinesville.

"The sadness will never end. It will wane in the future, but will always remain in the hearts of her generous, kind and fun-loving parents and sister," said her cousin, Seth Josephson.

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Family offers statement on death of Samantha Josephson, April 3, 2019.

Security sweeps were conducted early. There was a heavy police presence from multiple agencies as mourners arrived to grieve. The nearby road was closed to accommodate the crowd.

On Tuesday night, a candlelight vigil was held in Josephson's hometown of Robbinsville.

Josephson was a senior at University of South Carolina in Columbia. She was planning to go to law school at Drexel University after graduation.

Columbia police believe she mistakenly got into a vehicle she thought was her Uber.

Nathaniel Rowland, 24, is accused of using child safety locks to prevent Josephson from escaping his vehicle.

"He was a monster what he did I don't want anyone else to go through it as a parent," said Seymour Josephson, Samantha's father.

Authorities said Josephson died of multiple sharp injuries. Her body was found a day later.

Rowland was arrested last Saturday after a traffic stop.

A bill has now been introduced in the South Carolina Legislature that would require Uber and Lyft drivers to display an illuminated sign on vehicle windows.
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