Texas State University suspends Greek activities after pledge's death

Texas State suspends all Greek life after pledge dies

SAN MARCOS, Texas- Texas State University has announced that all Greek organizations will be suspended pending an investigation into the death of a student at an off campus party.

The death of a Texas State University sophomore may have been alcohol-related, police say.

At about 11:35 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, The San Marcos Police Department was dispatched to Millennium Apartments at 1651 Post Road.

EMS and officers arrived and found Matthew McKinley Ellis (DOB 08/31/1997) unresponsive, and he was declared deceased at 12:28 p.m.by Judge Maggie H. Moreno.

Witnesses told cops how Ellis, a Business major, was pledging for Phi Kappa Psi. "Any time a young person dies, it's particularly tragic because they haven't lived a full life", she said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Ellis is the second Texas State student to die since the winter of 2016 after attending an off-campus Greek event.

"Preliminary investigation...indicated that alcohol may have been a factor in this death, but authorities are awaiting toxicology results from the autopsy", the school said in an update Tuesday. Trauth said the chapters aren't allowed to hold new-member events, chapter meetings, social functions and philanthropic activities.

At the beginning of this year, four Texas State University fraternities were suspended after student, Jordin Taylor, 20, was found dead after a party at Cool River Ranch in Guadalupe County on October 29, 2016.

Kappa Alpha was suspended for two years, Alpha Tau Omega for three years, Kappa Alpha Order for four years and Delta Tau Delta for five years.

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