The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is investigating the death of a 20-year-old Texas State University student who was found dead on Monday after a fraternity event the night before.
Matthew Ellis, a fraternity pledge at Texas State University, died Nov. 13, 2017 after attending an off-campus event hosted by the fraternity he was pledging, Phi Kappa Psi. Police say it appears his death was alcohol-related. HANDOUT
Sophomore Matthew Ellis was pronounced dead at 12:28 p.m. at the off-campus Millennium Apartments, according to San Marcos police.
“This is an incredibly tragic event, and TABC extends its sympathies to the family, friends, and classmates of Matthew Ellis,” TABC Chairman Kevin J. Lilly said. “I want the Texas State community to know that TABC is working to determine what role, if any, alcohol may have played in Matthew’s death, and that we will vigorously pursue any violations that may have contributed to cutting this young man’s life short.”
Ellis’s death prompted university officials to shut down all Greek fraternity and sorority activities until a thorough review of the Greek affairs systems is completed.
“If it is found that alcohol played a role in this event, we will expand our investigation to identify any retailers who may have violated the law by selling to a minor or an intoxicated person,” TABC Executive Director A. Bentley Nettles said. “These violations constitute an extremely serious risk to public safety, and TABC will punish any parties involved to the fullest extent of the law.”
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