Beloved University of South Carolina Professor, Raja Fayad, Killed by Ex-Wife in Murder-Suicide


The ex-wife of University of South Carolina professor Raja Fayad was identified Friday as the person who shot and killed him during a murder-suicide on the campus a day earlier, ending what neighbors said had been a contentious relationship between the two that continued after their marriage ended.

The body of Sunghee Kwon, 46, was found at USC’s public health school, where Fayad died, the Richland County Coroner’s office said Friday. The coroner’s office said Kwon shot Fayad, then turned the gun on herself.

Authorities discovered Kwon’s body, along with Fayad’s, in the small office connected to the professor’s laboratory on the fourth floor of the public health school. A handgun was nearby.

Fayad, 45, died from multiple gunshots to the upper body, while Kwon died from one gunshot wound to the abdomen, according to autopsy results released by Coroner Gary Watts.

In a release Friday, Watts said “although the investigation continues, the indication now is that Mr. Fayad was shot and killed by Ms. Kwon, who then shot herself.”

Fayad and Kwon, of 336 Brentland Court, had been married until several years ago, although they had continued a relationship until recently, Watts said.

Fayad, who was an associate professor in the health school, had recently moved out of the Brentland Court home and into a motel along Interstate 20.

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