Authorities believe alcohol may have played a factor in the death of a 20-year-old Texas State University student.
Friends found Matthew McKinley Ellis unresponsive about 11:35 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, at the Millennium Apartments, according to the San Marcos Police Department.
Ellis is from Humble and a graduate of Atascocita High School.
Authorities said Ellis was a pledge for Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He was pronounced dead at 12:28 p.m.
An autopsy has been ordered. Investigators believe alcohol may have been a factor in his death, but are awaiting toxicology results from the autopsy, which is expected to take 6-8 weeks.
Ellis was an active student at Texas State University and lived on campus. He was staying at the off-campus apartment complex with four other fraternity members. It is not clear if they are members of the fraternity where Ellis was pledging.
University spokesperson Matt Flores said the university is investigating whether the fraternity held any social events preceding Ellis’ death.
Flores confirmed that the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity has been under investigation by the university since Oct. 4. The investigation stems from allegations of misbehavior within the fraternity.
The initial complaint was brought to Greek Affairs’ attention Sept. 21 and a formal review was launched Oct. 4. It is an ongoing review.
During a press conference Tuesday, authorities said it is too early to tell if Ellis’ death is a result of hazing. They also said they have had no previous knowledge of alcohol-related incidents with the fraternity.
Authorities also said they believe the drinking was done at a private fraternity event, not in public.
If it is determined that Ellis’ death is hazing-related, charges could range from providing alcohol to a minor to manslaughter.
No arrests have been made as of Nov. 15.
As a result of Ellis’ death, Texas State University has suspended activities of all Greek fraternity and sorority chapters at the school.
The chapters are prohibited from “holding new-member events, chapter meetings, social functions, and philanthropic activities until a thorough review of the Greek Affairs system is completed.”
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