Brian DeQuincey Newman, former City of Columbia Councilman, has passed away

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According to media reports, Brian DeQuincey Newman, a former Columbia city councilman, has passed away.

The 40-year-old Newman was the son of S.C. circuit court judge Clifton Newman and the brother of S.C. circuit court judge Jocelyn Newman. Also, he was the great nephew of the late Rev. DeQuincey Newman – a pioneer civil rights icon in the Palmetto State.

News of Newman’s death first started circulating on social media and then was reported by The State newspaper.

Newman was a graduate of Morehouse College and the University of South Carolina School of Law. He began his legal career at the firm of Rikard and Protopapas focusing on criminal defense, personal injury, business litigation, and medical malpractice before starting his own law firm in 2013.”

Newman was first elected to Columbia city council in 2010, becoming the youngest person ever elected to the council – serving until 2015. 

As of now, the family has not issued a statement regarding the cause of death.

At this difficult time, our hearts and prayers are with the Newman family.

We will keep you updated as this story develops.

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