When Tripp Wylie returns to the University of South Carolina at Columbia, he'll see many familiar faces, places and things, but a big piece of his college experience won't be there.
Wylie, who formerly attended USC at Lancaster, lost seven friends, also USC students, in the beach house blaze in Ocean Isle Palm, N.C., on Oct. 28.
His girlfriend, Cassidy Pendley, was among those killed in the fire. The last time he saw her was when he checked on her while she was asleep. She was wearing his Dale Earnhardt Jr. racing jersey.