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Greek life suspended after Texas State sophomore found dead in pledging incident

Texas State University Suspends Greek Life After 'Tragic Death' of Fraternity Pledge Greek life suspended after Texas State sophomore found dead in pledging incident
Melinda Barton | 15 November, 2017, 08:13

"Anytime a young person in particular dies, it's tragic because they haven't led a full life", Earnest said.

Flores said the University Police Department is assisting the San Marcos Police Department in the investigation and the fraternity will be reviewed.

Friends found Matthew McKinley Ellis unresponsive about 11:35 a.m. Monday at the Millennium Apartments, according to the San Marcos Police Department.

All Greek chapters on Texas State University's campus have been suspended in the wake of a death that happened Sunday.

"These chapters are prohibited from holding new-member events, chapter meetings, social functions, and philanthropic activities until a thorough review of the Greek Affairs system is completed", she said.

Students have mixed feelings about the president's decision.

"I agree with what the president chose to do. I think it's super risky and these things have happened before, so I think it's definitely the right and the smart move", said Texas State Senior Stephanie Cloyd.

The saga continues as another large university shuts down its greek life system. I think maybe just that one that was involved with the incident.

Trauth released a statement Tuesday afternoon suspending all fraternity and sorority activities on campus. Why is it that you rarely hear of non-fraternity members dying after a night of drinking? I knew several people who hated some of the guys in their frats.

The Texas State Fraternity switched its Twitter account to private after Ellis' death.

In February, Penn State University student Timothy Piazza died after a hazing ritual at a fraternity house, a story that garnered national headlines and spurred the university to deliver a range of sanctions on Greek life.

Phi Kappa Psi Executive Director Mark Guidi said the organization is "heartbroken" by the death of Ellis, who he described as a new member of the fraternity. Investigators believe alcohol may have been a factor in his death, but are awaiting toxicology results from the autopsy, which is expected to take 6-8 weeks.