Tom DiLorenzo Case

Victim: Dr. Thomas Michael DiLorenzo, 63
Alleged murderers: Two 15-year-olds and one 16-year-old
Charleston, South Carolina
July 17, 2020
Alleged crimes:
Robbery & murder
Weapon: Firearm
Cause of death:


Dr. DiLorenzo was allegedly attacked by a group of juveniles while walking with his wife in the intersection of King and Clifford Streets in Charleston. One suspect, who was allegedly armed with a handgun, demanded money from the couple. During the attack, Dr. DiLorenzo was shot. He later died at the hospital. Three suspects have been apprehended and prosecutors are seeking trial in adult court.

Tom DiLorenzo
Dr. DiLorenzo


Husband of College Provost Killed in Robbery in S. Carolina

By U.S. News

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The husband of a provost at the College of Charleston was shot and killed Friday morning in a robbery along a street of upscale shops and restaurants just weeks after moving to South Carolina, authorities said.

Tom DiLorenzo was walking with his wife several blocks south of the college campus around 6:15 a.m. when he was shot. His wife was not hurt, College of Charleston President Andrew Hsu wrote in an open letter to the school.

Two men approached the couple on King Street and one of them with a gun demanded money, Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis said.

DiLorenzo, 63, died a short time later at the hospital, authorities said.

Surveillance video recorded the two men who robbed DiLorenzo leaving with a third man in a 2005 silver Acura with a South Carolina licence tag “SPM 409,” Francis said.

No arrests have been made, Francis said.

DiLorenzo and his wife, Suzanne Austin, moved to South Carolina weeks ago as Austin started her new job as provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at the College of Charleston, Hsu said in his letter.

DiLorenzo retired in June after seven years as provost and vice president of academic affairs at the University of North Dakota, Hsu 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.

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CPD: 2 juveniles arrested in death of husband of College of Charleston Provost


CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Charleston Police Department announced two juvenile males were arrested in connection to the murder of 63-year-old Tom Dilorenzo, the husband of College of Charleston Provost Suzanne Austin.

Officials say the suspects are 15 and 16 years old and both are 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 say the suspects are being held in the juvenile detention center and will have a hearing before a family court judge.

Officials say 6:15 AM, Austin and DiLorenzo were walking near the intersection of King and Clifford Streets when they were approached by the juveniles. One of the males was armed with a handgun and demanded money from the couple. DiLorenzo was shot during the robbery attempt and later died at MUSC. Austin wasn’t injured.

Police believed it was an isolated incident.

The department says the investigation is ongoing at this time.

Charleston Police: 3rd juvenile charged after shooting death of Tom DiLorenzo


CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Charleston Police have arrested a third juvenile for the deadly shooting death of a man on July 17.

Authorities announced Thursday night that a 15-year-old has been charged with murder and attempted armed robbery.

Tom DiLorenzo and his wife, new College of Charleston Provost Suzanne Austin, were out for a walk that morning near King and Clifford Streets that morning.

Officials said the couple was targeted in an attempted robbery and that DiLorenzo was fatally shot during the encounter. Austin was not physically hurt.

Authorities have already arrested two other juveniles.

The investigation is ongoing.

Juveniles charged with murder of Tom DiLorenzo to be tried as adults

By Count on News 2

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Solicitor Scarlett Wilson on Monday announced plans to try three juveniles involved in the July 17 attempted robbery and murder of Tom DiLorenzo as adults.

Wilson said that her office’s “review of the fact and evidence in these cases, to include the histories of these defendants, supports our belief that the safety of our community is best served by trying them as adults.”

According to the report, the Charleston Police Department (CPD) determined that the three juveniles drove a recently stolen car from North Charleston to Downtown Charleston, where the suspects committed multiple armed robberies.

They robbed a 74-year-old female and a 20-year-old male construction worker before the fatal incident.

The driver remained in the car while two of the suspects held Suzanne Austin, the recently appointed Provost of College of Charleston, and her husband, Tom DiLorenzo, at gunpoint, demanding money. DiLorenzo was fatally shot following the attempted robbery.

Two suspects fled on foot, and the driver fled in the stolen vehicle.

The suspects were originally charged in family court. Now, Wilson’s office has filed to transfer jurisdiction to General Sessions Court.

The Department of Juvenile Justice will now conduct evaluations regarding the “sophistication, maturity, and susceptibility to rehabilitation” of each juvenile.