A sad story to report – a young frat guy, with his whole life ahead of him, has been found dead in his dorm. And this story has a strange twits – the university where this happened is the same university where the Idaho murder suspect went to school. And if that was not strange enough, there’s also some mystery surrounding his death.
The New York Post reported that a freshman fraternity member at Washington State University — where accused mass killer Bryan Kohberger was a PhD student — has been found dead in a dorm room amid claims he suffered “inhumane and cruel” hazing.
Police responded on Jan. 22 to Perham Hall on the Pullman campus, where they discovered Luke Morgan Tyler dead, the Spokesman-Review reported.
WSU Assistant Police Chief Dawn Daniels told campus newspaper the Daily Evergreen that investigators were awaiting the Whitman County coroner’s autopsy to determine the cause of death but that there were no indications of foul play.
Tyler was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity, his friend Emmelie Frausing told the Spokesman-Review.
An online petition organized by a group of Tyler’s friends called for the fraternity to be investigated.
“His death directly followed a long and cruel pledging process allowed by his fraternity, Theta Chi. Their inhumane and cruel hazing forced Luke, and many others to do things nobody should ever be forced to do,” the petition says.
“We demand that Theta Chi be investigated, shut down and the fraternity’s president, as well as pledge masters and others with power in the fraternity be investigated for their involvement with the death of Luke Tyler,” it adds.
Erin Lasher, assistant director for the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life, wrote in an email to the Greek community that “these situations evoke a variety of emotions; sadness, confusion, fear, anger.”
She added: “We know that in these circumstances, it’s hard to make sense of what has happened. All of us want to help, and we can feel lost on how to do so.”
The WSU Interfraternity Council, which oversees the fraternal groups at the school, declined to comment to the Spokesman-Review.
WSU spokesman Phil Weiler said “there has been a significant amount of conjecture regarding the circumstances surrounding this incident and the actual cause of the student’s passing,” KREM reported.
There’s “push back” about the “hazing” theory — many are wondering if this is another horrific “died suddenly” situation.
As with all of these tragic and sudden deaths, there needs to be an investigation.
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