Texas State suspends Greek Life after fraternity pledge dies

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The transfer student lived on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos

Texas State University The transfer student lived on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos

Investigators in San Marcos were working to determine how a 20-year-old Matthew Ellis died.

Police say it appears Ellis' friends took him back to their place to spend the night but authorities won't confirm there was a fraternity event the night before.

The San Marcos Police Department is investigating after a Texas State University student died at the Millennium Apartments. Preliminary investigation indicates that alcohol may have been a factor in his death but investigators are awaiting toxicology results.

According to the The University Star, the university's student paper, Ellis died in his sleep November 12 following his fraternity's initiation.

Witnesses told cops how Ellis, a Business major, was pledging for Phi Kappa Psi.

Although a Texas Department of Public Safety official said that she had not heard of an incident like Ellis' death occurring in San Marcos in the past three years, alcohol-related deaths involving fraternities are common.

According to Texas State University President Denise Trauth, Ellis was a pledge at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

The San Marcos Police Department is now investigating. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and the Texas State Community.

Trauth suspended all Greek sorority and fraternity activities Tuesday after a sophomore transfer student who attended an off-campus party on Sunday evening hosted by members of a fraternity was found dead Monday at an off-campus apartment.

Trauth released a statement on Tuesday suspending all activities of Greek fraternities and sororities at the university.

The chapter had been suspended by Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, Inc. last week for unrelated matters, and will remain suspended while the investigation continues.

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