The University of South Carolina Upstate is grieving the loss of a student who was killed early this morning in a single-car accident along I-85 at MM 70. Raziya Nicole Maria Prince, 22, of Mauldin was majoring in elementary education and was expecting to graduate in December 2016.
“Our hearts are heavy as we collectively mourn the loss of Raziya Prince,” said Chancellor Tom Moore. “The USC Upstate campus community extends its heartfelt condolences to Raziya’s family and loved ones. Our University remains SpartanStrong.”
Julius Prince described his daughter as a loving young lady who enjoyed life. “Raziya loved sports, spending time with her family and her friends. She enjoyed life and people and she was determined to be a teacher.”
“Raziya was the best of the best,” said Dr. Greta Freeman, associate professor of elementary education at USC Upstate. “Raziya was an incredibly gifted student. She was always fun and bubbly and everyone simply loved her.”
Raziya was pre-student teaching at Oakland Elementary School in Boiling Springs and worked at Walmart at Hillcrest. She is survived by her parents, Demetria and Julius Prince, and her brother, Juwan. She had transferred to USC Upstate in Fall 2014; having previously attended Spartanburg Methodist College where she played basketball.
“Raziya Prince had an incredibly bright future ahead of her as an elementary school teacher where she would have touched and influenced the lives of many,” said Tammy E. Whaley, assistant vice chancellor for university communications at USC Upstate. “Our university is deeply saddened by the loss of another young life.”