Authorities have identified the Fresno State student who died Wednesday after allegedly visiting Delta Sigma Phi fraternity.
KFSN reported that police said Thursday that the student who died at the fraternity house was Omar Nemeth, 19, of Fresno, California. His friends told the news station that someone handed Nemeth a pill Wednesday and, after taking it, he lost consciousness.
Nemeth was allegedly found unresponsive on Delta Phi’s front porch at around 2:30 p.m. The 19-year-old was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, YourCentralValley.com reported.
Our hearts are broken today as we have learned that an enrolled Fresno State student has died. President Castro joins the campus community in sending condolences to the student's family and friends. Fresno Police is investigating and will issue updates. pic.twitter.com/fr1TOrVWPG
— Fresno State (@Fresno_State) January 4, 2018
According to The Collegian, the Fresno County Sheriff-Coroner’s office has yet to determine a cause of death but Fresno County spokesperson Tony Botti said an autopsy, including a toxicology test, is scheduled.
“Anyone who knew my son Omar knows that he was full of light and love. He was a laughing lion, and I will always remember him as the sweetest, kindest, and most loving person in my life,” Miroku Nemeth said of his late son on Facebook.
Anyone who knew my son Omar knows that he was full of light and love. His sweetness was the kind of sweetness you rarely…
According to TIME, a spokesperson for the Delta Sigma Phi national organization said that Omar was a friend of a fraternity member. The Collegian also confirmed that he was an enrolled student at Fresno State.
“While the investigation continues, it is important to note that this was not connected to any chapter event and occurred during the school’s winter break,” the spokesperson commented.
“Our primary focus remains on supporting the family and friends of this young man during this difficult time, and we will continue to work closely with the university and law enforcement during its review.”
[Featured Image: Omar Nemeth/KFSN video screenshot]