A Bowling Green State University student has died after an alleged hazing incident left him on life support. his family’s attorney said.
Stone Foltz, 20, from Delaware County, Ohio, was hospitalized early Friday after an incident at the BGSU chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity. BGSU officials have since stripped the fraternity of its status as a student organization this weekend following reports of the incident.
Sean Alto, an attorney representing the Foltz family, said Foltz was at an off-campus event organized by the fraternity where he was given “a copious amount of alcohol.”
Foltz was dropped off that night at his apartment by members of the fraternity, where he was later found by his roommates, Alto said, adding that the roommates called 911 and Foltz was transported to a hospital where he was in “dire” condition.
Alto confirmed Sunday night that Foltz had died and in a written statement called the young man a “beloved son, brother, and grandson.”
“The death of Stone Foltz is a tragedy. At this time we are gathering all of the facts leading to his untimely death and we have no interest in commenting on speculation,” the statement said. “We do ask that you please show respect and consideration for Stone’s family. Despite their unbearable grief, they agreed to donate Stone’s organs so that others may have a second chance at life.”
Workers removed the Greek letters from the fraternity’s off-campus house Sunday morning, and Bowling Green police are investigating the events that led to Foltz’s death.
“We are aware of the incident and we are currently investigating,” Bowling Green police Lt. Dan Mancuso said. He would not provide further comment on the investigation.
A dispatcher said on Sunday afternoon that police had no new information to release. She confirmed that the Bowling Green city police, not the campus police, are investigating the incident.
A university spokesperson said the school was assisting police and conducting a parallel student code of conduct investigation.
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SOURCE: USA Today; The Columbus Dispatch, Quinlan Bentley, Bethany Bruner, and Patrick Cooley