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Texas State suspends frats, sororities after pledge dies

SAN MARCOS, Texas – Texas State University officials say they have suspended all fraternity and sorority chapter activities after the death of a fraternity pledge after an initiation ritual.

In a statement Tuesday, she said Matt Ellis was found to react Monday morning at an off-campus apartment. The 20-year-old sophomore from Humble (UHM’-buhl), Texas, had attended a party at Phi Kappa Psi fraternity members hosted Sunday night at the apartment.

An autopsy has been ordered. The police in San Marcos, Texas, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Austin, say they suspect alcohol played a role in the death.

A message on the Phi Kappa Psi national office for comment was not immediately returned.

University President Denise Trauth said the suspension is a first step and chapters will not be restored until an assessment is made of the entire fraternity and sorority system on the campus.

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