Hundreds Of Family, Friends Gather At New Jersey Synagogue For Samantha Josephson's Funeral
PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J. (CBS) -- Family and friends gathered Wednesday in Princeton Junction, Mercer County, for the funeral of Samantha Josephson. The college student was killed last week in South Carolina after getting into the wrong car, thinking it was her Uber ride.
Hundreds of people were at the Congregation Beth Chaim for Josephson's funeral.
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Josephson, who is from Robbinsville, was a student at the University of South Carolina. She was killed last week after apparently getting into a car she thought was her Uber ride.
Last Friday morning, police in Columbia, South Carolina say instead of an Uber, she got into a car driven by 24-year-old Nathaniel Rowland, who is now charged with the young woman's murder.
Authorities say Josephson's body was covered with stab wounds and found deep in the woods, more than 65 miles away. Rowland was arrested during a traffic stop the next day with blood and Josephson's cellphone in his car.
Josephson was a political science major and planned to attend Drexel University School of Law. She leaves behind her parents and a sister.
Josephson's father spoke at a vigil Tuesday night.
"I'm telling you this is nothing that you would ever want to do, you don't want to go through this," said Seymour Josephson.
Prior to Wednesday's funeral service, a family spokesperson addressed the tragedy.
"To the police departments at the college and the City of Columbia, their pursuit to find the animal who took Sammy from us, those efforts won't soon be forgotten. Law enforcement's true due diligence for justice led to an acceptable result under these terrible circumstances," said Seth Josephson.
He continued, "The sadness that is being suffered will never end, it may wain in the future, but will always leave a hole in the hearts of a fun-loving, generous, kind parents and sister."
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The family is calling for reforms to the ridesharing industry.
"The message the family hopes people, young adults for certain, get from the senseless killing of a wonderful girl, is that the rideshare community, Uber and Lyft, learn from this and take ownership of the fortune made by their customers," said Seth Josephson.
The family wants more protection for ridesharing customers and accountability for the industry.
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