Brian DeQuincey Newman, a former member of the Columbia city council, passed away at the age of 40.
How Did Brian DeQuincey Newman Die?
Brian DeQuincey Newman, a former councilman for Columbia City District 2, passed away at the age of 40.
Newman passed on Tuesday night, according to sources. He was the youngest city council member ever at the age of 27. He also worked for the fifth circuit solicitor’s office as a prosecutor.
Devine described DeQuincey as “Just all around a really kind person. Just one of those people, you know you would say genuine people, the real deal. When you meet him there were no errors, no pretenses, or anything. Just a really genuine person. You knew that he was very caring, a calm spirit, and he would really light up a room.”
Brian DeQuincey Newman Cause of Death
Brian DeQuincey Newman cause of death was not known yet. He has a history in the military and civil rights.
Both his sister Jocelyn Newman and father Clifton Newman serve as circuit judges for state courts. No funeral arrangements had been announced yet.
Seth Rose confirmed the news of death. The news of Newman’s passing brought Columbia Democrat state representative Seth Rose to tears on Tuesday night.
The University of South Carolina’s law school is where Rose, an attorney, and former Richland County Council member, first became friends with Newman.
Rose said he spoke with Newman over the phone at around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday. “I am profoundly saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of my good friend Brian DeQuincey Newman,”
Rose said. “We became friends during law school. We served together at the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. And we even represented some of the same neighborhoods while we both served in elected office.”
“For me, he was more than just a close friend and a respected attorney. At his core, he was a good person and I will miss him.”
Who was Brian DeQuincey Newman?
Newman, a Columbia lawyer, was elected to City Council in 2010 as the council’s youngest member.
His predecessor, E.W. Cromartie, was forced to retire after pleading guilty to federal tax evasion charges, leaving District 2 vacancy. He filled that seat.
In 2010, the former city councilman began his first term. He would maintain the position until 2015 after being re-elected to a full council term in 2012.
In addition to serving on the city council, Newman was a well-known attorney in Atlanta and Columbia. He began his legal career as a prosecutor with the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
According to a profile on the website of his legal practice, Newman holds degrees from Morehouse College and the University of South Carolina School of Law. In 2013, he started his own firm.