Hundreds of University of South Carolina students somberly filed into a theater today to remember six classmates who were killed in a beach house fire in North Carolina.
The main stage was adorned with six wreaths, each bearing a single red flower. A seventh wreath was decorated in purple and orange, a tribute to the Clemson University student who also was killed in the October 28 blaze.
Six students survived the fire that authorities have said was accidental and likely started by a discarded cigarette or other smoking material.
Students at the memorial wore school colors of garnet and black and some wore ribbons and each was handed a black sticker emblazoned with the school seal and "Forever to Thee," the last line of the USC alma mater.
After the memorial, the families planned to attend an informal reception at the school's Greek village, hosted by the Delta Delta Delta sorority and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Many of the victims and survivors were members of the organizations.