The emotional mother of a university student killed after getting into a car she mistook as her Uber has condemned her daughter’s accused murderer in court.
Marci Josephson called 21-year-old daughter Samantha’s death “vile” and “senseless”.
Samantha was allegedly kidnapped when she got into a car she thought was the Uber she had ordered.
The young woman went missing Friday after getting in the car about 2am (local time) following a night out with friends at the Bird Dog bar in Columbia, in the US state of South Carolina.
Her body was found the following afternoon.
An arrest warrant said Ms Josephson suffered numerous wounds to her head, neck, face, upper body, leg and foot.
Nathaniel David Rowland, 24, has been charged with kidnapping and murder.
Samantha’s mother Marci said she could not find the words to convey the “immense pain” felt by her daughter’s loved ones.
“He’s taken away a piece of our heart, soul and life. Shame on him. We thought he would be here to see his evil face,” the mother said in court, according to The Independent.
“I cannot fathom how someone could randomly select a person, a beautiful girl and steal her life away.
“His actions were senseless, vile and unacceptable. It sickens us to think that his face was the last thing that my baby girl saw on this earth.”
The young woman’s father, Seymour Josephson, paid tribute to his daughter sharing a picture of the pair together to Facebook on Saturday.
“It is with tremendous sadness and of a broken heart that I post this! I will miss and love my baby girl for the rest of life,” he wrote.
“Samantha is no longer with us but she will not be forgotten… I sit here and cry while looking at the picture and write this.”
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