The boyfriend of a college student who was killed earlier this month mistakenly getting into a car she thought was her Uber said he was tracking her through her phone before she died and realized something was wrong.
Samantha Josephson, 21, was heading home after a night out with friends in Columbia, South Carolina when she got into a car she mistook for her ride, according to police. Hunters discovered her body in a rural area less than a day later and Nathaniel David Rowland, 24, has since been charged with murder and kidnapping in relation to her death.
Greg Corbishley, Josephson's boyfriend, said during a vigil Tuesday that he was keeping tabs on her through her at the time, FOX 8 of High Point, North Carolina reports.
"I was on the phone tracking her to make sure she got home safely and immediately knew there was something that was wrong," said Corbishley, crying. "Unfortunately, I was two and a half hours away. I would do anything to go back."
Her father Seymour Josephson also spoke at the vigil stating about Rowland, "He was a monster, right? What he did, I don't want anyone else to go through what I did as a parent."
Following Josephson’s death, her family is calling for rideshare services like Uber and Lyft to improve safety measures, according to a statement from the family that was read during the service.
“Education and laws need to be put into place to protect people and the ride share industry,” their statement read, according to the Greenville News. “With the millions of dollars it earns, the Ubers and the Lyfts should be compelled to adjust its business model, better assuring riders safety. The laws and regulations must be changed to create accountability in this industry.”
Rowland’s family members have claimed he is innocent.
“If he did it, I’ll be the first one to put him behind bars, lock him up, throw away the key, but he didn’t do it, ain’t no way,” Henry Rowland said of his son during an interview with WACH.
Henry described his son as a “good kid.”
Nathaniel’s mother, Loretta said, “He is not a bad young man. He has one of the biggest hearts that anyone can have.”
Rowland's first court appearance is scheduled for April 22. He exercised his right not to be present at his March 31 bond hearing.
Samantha was just months away from graduating from the University of South Carolina. She had plans to attend law school afterwards.
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