10. VSU student murdered
In December 2012, Valdosta State University was rocked by the murder of 17-year-old freshman Jasmine Benjamin, who was discovered dead on the couch of a fifth-floor study room in Georgia Hall.
The cause of death: asphyxiation. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation determined that Benjamin had been murdered.
On Jan. 11, authorities arrested Darien Joseph Meheux, then-18, a former VSU student who had dated Benjamin. He is charged with murder in the case.
Meheux’s trial is scheduled for the Jan. 13 session of the Lowndes County Superior Court, according to a court docket released before Christmas.
The murder was the first reported on the campus, which also saw several violent incidents during the year, leading to changes in security at the university.