A Texas State University died on Monday after attending a Phi Kappa Psi party and possibly undergoing an initiation ritual at a nearby apartment apartment.
ABC reports that all fraternity and sorority activities have been temporarily suspended at the San Marcos college after 20-year-old Matt Ellis was found lifeless at an off-campus event held at the at the Millennium Apartments. Texas State University President Denise Trauth said that friends called for medical help for the victim, but it was too late. First responders failed to revive him.
Family of Matt Ellis released this photo of the young man. He was found dead near Texas State University campus. The Phi Kappa Psi frat has been suspended. Follow @KPRCAndyCerota and @jacobkprc for updates. @KPRC2 pic.twitter.com/bWb3SrDHf4
— Steve Lulgjuraj (@EPSteveL) November 14, 2017
San Marcos police arrived at the complex on Monday at around 11:30 a.m. and found Ellis unconscious. Authorities initially said alcohol likely played a big factor in the incident, but they can’t officially confirm that until the victim’s toxicology results are ready. Authorities also can’t say for sure if hazing played a part in Ellis’ death.
It’s unclear whether others attended the event told police what, if any, kind of hazing Ellis endured before he died, but authorities announced that an initiation ritual was probably being held at the apartment the night before. Phi Kappa Psi and other fraternities and sororities were ordered to stop all activities while detectives investigate, according to Trauth.
“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,” Trauth said. “It is imperative that our entire university community develop a culture that places the highest priority on the safety of its students, faculty, and staff.”
Although no arrests have been made at this time, police said if it’s determined that Ellis died from hazing incidents, charges could follow.
The story is still developing. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Matt Ellis/Facebook]