Greek life suspended after Texas State sophomore found dead in pledging incident

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Matthew McKinley Ellis, 20, was at an off-campus apartment complex called the Millennium, located at 1651 Post Road in San Marcos, when his friends noticed that he wasn't breathing about 11 a.m. Monday. His friends called 911 at approximately 11 a.m., the day after his fraternity's initiation ceremonies on November 12, when they realized he wasn't breathing.

The death of Matt Ellis, a business sophomore transfer student from Humble, Texas is under investigation.

Texas State University student's death being investigated
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According to a preliminary investigation, alcohol might have been a factor in Ellis's death, but toxicology results from his autopsy are still pending, police said. It is not clear if they are members of the fraternity where Ellis was pledging. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and the Texas State Community. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Texas State University in San Marcos has halted all fraternity and sorority activity after a 20-year-old fraternity pledge was pronounced dead after being found unresponsive at an off-campus apartment.


The San Marcos Police Department is now investigating.

Denise M. Trauth, the university's president, said in a statement that Greek organizations would be "prohibited from holding new-member events, chapter meetings, social functions and philanthropic activities until a thorough review of the Greek Affairs system is completed".


"We are heartbroken by the death of Texas State University student and Phi Kappa Psi new member Matthew Ellis", said Phi Kappa Psi Executive Director Mark Guidi. In her email, Trauth stated she has suspend all activities of fraternities and sororities until a review has been completed. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the entire TSU student body during this hard time".


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