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2 juveniles arrested in shooting death of former UND provost DiLorenzo

Associated Press

Two teenagers are in custody in South Carolina accused of a shooting that left the husband of a provost at the College of Charleston dead.

It happened about 6:15 a.m. Friday in a robbery along a downtown street of upscale shops and restaurants just weeks after Tom DiLorenzo and his wife moved to the state, authorities said. DiLorenzo's wife, Suzanne Austin, was not hurt, College of Charleston President Andrew Hsu wrote in an open letter to the school.

Austin had just started a new job as provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at the school, Hsu said. DiLorenzo retired in June after seven years as provost and vice president of academic affairs at the University of North Dakota, he said.

The college is offering counseling to anyone who needs it.

"This act of violence against one of our community members is deeply unsettling, and in this season of constant hardships, the pain and shock may seem unbearable," Hsu said.

Charleston Police late Friday said they arrested a 15- and 16-year-old suspect in the shooting. Each boy is being charged with murder and attempted armed robbery. One is also charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a violent crime, police said. 

Their names have not been released because of their ages. They are being held in the juvenile detention center and will have a hearing before a family court judge. Police did not indicate if either teen has an attorney who could speak for them.

According to police, the couple was walking and were approached by the juveniles. One of the boys was armed with a handgun and demanded money from the couple. 

DiLorenzo, 63, later died at the hospital.

"Our prayers are with the victim's family during this terrible time," Police Chief Luther Reynolds said. "We also want to thank the community for the support they've given our investigators in this case."