very sad news: a lander university student

Very sad news: Lander student killed in accident

Very sad news: a Lander University student died in a single-vehicle crash on Thursday night.

The accident occurred at 10 p.m. on Hwy 29 near Ware Shoals.  The driver of a Ford Mustang ran off the road and hit a guardrail and monument, according to police.

Very sad news: a lander student
Logan Lusk with his family at Lander                                                                         (family photo)

James Logan Lusk, 19 years old, was a student at Lander University.

According to reports, Lusk was wearing a seat belt. Death was ruled as blunt force trauma, according to Cheek.

Lusk was studying at Lander with a goad of becoming a doctor. According to friend Lindsey Loparo, mass communications student and Vice President of Lander’s University Program Council,  Logan worked in Enrollment, and he was always really friendly to everyone. He was an Orientation Leader last year, and he won People’s Choice for Mr. Lander last year. He loved Lander.”
Another friend and classmate, Presidential Ambassador Santos Pagan, added, “When you have a brotherly relationship with someone – you get upset with each other, and you’re happy with each other – that’s how it was with Logan and me.”

“We were like two brothers who would look after each other. There were times I would help him out, and he would listen to me whenever I was going through something.” Santos added, “He was truly a great man. His traits made him likable to all, and he was easy to work with. We were orientation leaders together last year for 2017, and that’s where I really got to know him. He will be missed very much by me and many more.”

Lander University released the following statement:

Dear Lander community,
It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the loss of one of our students, James Logan Lusk, who died overnight as a result of an automobile accident in Laurens County. Logan was a sophomore chemistry major from Pickens, S.C. During his two years at Lander, he was a resident student, an orientation leader and a student assistant in the Office of Enrollment Management.

Information on funeral arrangements has not yet been released, but those details will be shared with the campus as they become available. Grief counseling and support services will be available to those in need through the university’s Student Wellness Center. To speak with a counselor, please call 864-388-8885.
“We are heartbroken by this tragic loss of a young and promising life,” said Lander President Richard Cosentino. “On behalf of Lander University, we offer our deepest sympathies, prayers and comfort to Mr. Lusk’s family, friends and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time.

Grief counseling and support services are available to those in need through the university’s Student Wellness Center. To speak with a counselor, please call 864-388-8885.

Please continue to keep Logan’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


Funeral arrangements for Logan Lusk have been announced. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at Mountain View Funeral Home in Pickens, S.C. The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the funeral home chapel, with burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens. To view Logan’s full obituary, or to offer condolences to the Lusk family, please click here.

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