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Memorial held for Claflin student killed by a drunk driver

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ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WACH) -- A memorial was held Wednesday evening for a Claflin student killed in a crash on Saturday.

A motor vehicle collision occurred at the corner of Ellis Avenue and Boulevard Street in Orangeburg when a vehicle struck 23-year-old Myles Holland's vehicle.

Holland and a female passenger were both transported to a local hospital where Holland died of internal bleeding with massive blunt force injuries due to the accident. The passenger remains in the hospital with injuries.

The memorial was held at Job's Mortuary in Sumter.

Family and friends told of Holland's "infectious smile" and said he gave "the best hugs".

He was also honored by his fraternity brothers of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

"He was always the peacemaker," said William Richburg, a fraternity brother. "No matter if me and my brothers and I got into it, Myles would always be that person to come up and, 'Y'all, chill out. Relax. We brothers. We fuss and fight but, at the end of the day, we brothers."

"It's gonna be hard," said Montez "Pops" Hilliard, another fraternity brother. "We're going to continue to push his legacy and continue to share his memories so other people can know the humble spirit that he was."

Holland recently graduated from Claflin University with a degree in criminal justice. He was planning a career in law enforcement.

35-year-old Tobert Mack ran a traffic light and collided with Holland. He now faces two DUI charges.

This is the second Claflin student killed in just a month. Dravious Terry, another student, was shot and killed by a roommate.

Myles Holland's funeral is set for Friday at Crestwood High School, his alma mater.


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