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N.C. beach fire victims' families hold fundraisers

Posted October 20, 2008

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— Families of seven South Carolina college students killed in a beach house fire in North Carolina last year are working to raise money for scholarships and to help others who have suffered fire losses.

The Greenville News reported the groups plan two fundraising events this week in Columbia to benefit students and fire victims.

The Oct. 28, 2007 fire in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., killed six University of South Carolina students and one Clemson University student. The exact cause of the fire was not determined.

USC fraternities and sororities will sponsor the Inaugural Remembrance Concert on Thursday to help raise money for scholarships.

Fraternities, sororities and a foundation started by victims' families will sponsor a bike-a-thon Saturday starting on USC's Horseshoe to aid victims of fires.

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  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Oct 21, 2008

    I agree jbync1- These kids contributed to their deaths. Any money made should strictly go to fire prevention.

  • uncw05 Oct 20, 2008

    jbync1, I think not overlooking the fact would be a much better way to go about this, make it both a scholarship and an educational program that attempts to prevent this from happening again. Maybe others can learn from their mistake. The very fact that the fundraiser involves the college and it's students will keep this in students minds for many years to come. Otherwise, it would just fade away.