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USC students honor shooting victim Martha Childress with concert

Students gathered to show support for Martha on Thursday. (Oct. 24, 2013/FOX Carolina) Students gathered to show support for Martha on Thursday. (Oct. 24, 2013/FOX Carolina)
The band gets ready for the concert on Thursday. (Oct. 24, 2013/FOX Carolina) The band gets ready for the concert on Thursday. (Oct. 24, 2013/FOX Carolina)
COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Dozens of University of South Carolina students turned out on campus for "Not So Thirsty Thursday." 

It was a concert with two goals: to show support for student and shooting victim Martha Childress and to improve safety in the Five Points area of Columbia.

A free concert was held Thursday night from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the intramural fields behind the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center. The event featured a band called "76 and Sunny," described as an up-and-coming pop rock band. The concert was free and was open to all USC students, faculty and staff.

Shuttles drove many of the students from other parts of campus to the concert site.

The event also featured food and drinks, along with suggestion boxes about student safety.  Donations were also accepted to help with Martha Childress with her medical care.

Childress, 18, from Greenville, was shot while waiting for a taxi in Columbia's Five Points in the early morning hours of Oct. 13.

Columbia Police said she was struck by a random bullet fired by a man named Michael Juan Smith. He is in jail on assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent felony, unlawful carrying of a pistol, and possession of a stolen pistol.

Meantime, Martha Childress is recovering at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. The bullet pierced several of her organs and severed her spine, causing paralysis from the hips down. She will spend several months in an around-the-clock rehabilitation program.

University of South Carolina officials said more events are planned in the coming weeks to address student safety and to support Childress.

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