College student shot to death while walking into wrong house, parents reveal he just started junior year

The parents of a University of South Carolina student, Nicholas Anthony Donofrio, who was fatally shot entering the wrong house, are heartbroken. They had recently left his son, known for his compassion, in her third year.

The 20-year-old had moved with friends into a new residence just a week before the tragic incident.

They mentioned that they had taken their son, a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity, to start his junior year.

Although they did not delve into the details of the shoot, they lovingly described Donofrio as an exceptional and loving son with all the qualities parents could wish for.

According to police, they received a call about a burglary report at the house located on the same block as Donofrio’s residence.

“Preliminary information indicates that Donofrio, who was a resident of South Holly Street, attempted to enter the wrong house when he was shot and killed.” the statement said.

As stated on his LinkedIn page, the young man left the University of New England in 2021 and was pursuing studies in kinesiology and exercise science.

His parents, who chose not to release their names, told the news source that Donofrio completed his education at Daniel Hand High School in Madison, Connecticut, where he was active in baseball and basketball.

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According to Jimmy Economopoulos, his former basketball coach, Donofrio, served as team captain during his senior year.

“It’s heartbreaking. When (I heard the news, my heart sank,” Economopoulos told CT Insider on Sunday.

“He was just a smart, attractive, charismatic young man… It wasn’t the phone call I was expecting to get yesterday, that’s for sure.”


Kate Reynolds, who lives in the same neighborhood where the shooting took place, expressed her shock at the incident that abruptly ended a young life.

“You think you’ll be safe sending your son, you’re very excited to send him to school, and something like this happens.” Reynolds said while speaking to WLTX.

“It’s not about how you want to start college and something traumatic. You’re going to have those memories of your friend. The whole experience is tainted by that as well.” she said.

“I hate to hear that anyone…even in the neighborhood because this is usually a more welcoming and friendlier neighborhood than that.” Reynolds added.

Fall semester classes at the University of South Carolina began Thursday.

The university issued a statement saying, “Our Student Affairs team is providing resources and support to those who may be affected by this tragedy, and we remind all of our students that help is always available for them.”

As the investigation remains active, authorities have not released information about who shot Donofrio or whether any charges have been filed in the case.

Police said: “CPD investigators will continue to consult with the Fifth Circuit Attorney’s Office regarding the circumstances of the case.”

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