COLUMBIA, S.C. — Detectives with the Clemson City Police Department continue to investigate after a student fell to his death over the weekend.
The Pickens County coroner has identified the victim as 20-year-old Thomas Heard Few, who was a student at Clemson University.
Since his death, social media has been heavy with supporters offering prayers and condolences to those who knew Few.
"He just meant the world to me and everyone," Ellie Waites, a former classmate, said. "He had a smile on his face always... and there was never a bad moment with him."
Waites said she met Few in the sixth grade at Crayton Middle School and they instantly hit it off.
A "true character", she says Few was the sweetest soul you could ever meet, and someone who had become like a brother to her.
Now, it's hard to imagine life without his big personality and playful spirit.
"There's just not another one.... There's no one that could even compare to him," she said. "Life is so precious; no one ever thought that it was gonna be him."
Few went to A.C. Flora High School, according to Richland One officials, and graduated in 2017.
Evan Matthews says he knew him from school, and will miss him.
"It’s honestly hard to put into words what T meant to not only myself, but to every individual he came across," Matthews said. "T was always smiling man, always. He was a jokester and... genuinely loved baseball, fishing on the lake with his girlfriend, and, probably more than all of those things, he genuinely loved Clemson football.... We all loved Thomas. And we’ll all miss him."
Few was a junior and a construction science and management major at Clemson University, and a member of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity.
"We are deeply saddened by his passing,” said Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students L. Christopher Miller. “Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”
Richland One also released the following statement:
“We were saddened to learn of the death of Thomas Few, who was a 2017 graduate of A.C. Flora High School. We extend our condolences to his family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”
Clemson University is now offering counseling services for students in need. Students who want to speak to a counselor should contact CAPS at 864-656-2451.
More information will be posted on the Inside Clemson obituary page as it is received.