A&M fraternity member found dead in Sigma Nu house
College Station Police say a 19-year-old Sigma Nu Fraternity member was found dead in the fraternity house.
Officers arrived and found the man, whose identity is not being released, unconscious and not breathing.
He was taken to the College Station Med where he was pronounced dead. Authorities believe he died from an overdose. The 9-1-1 caller said that he "had been taking some type of opioid."
During the investigation, officers searched the Sigma Nu house and arrested four people on drug related charges.
21-year-old Samuel Patterson and 20-year-old Michael Frymire were arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
During a search of Patterson's bedroom, police found LSD (acid) and MDMA (ecstasy).
18-year-old Christian Sandford and 21-year-old Ty Robertson were arrested for Possession of Marijuana.
Several other people were cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Police say one officer was dispatched at 8:45 PM for a noise complaint and issue a warning the night before. The officer said at the time there were about 50-60 people at the house.
The incident is still under investigation.
Texas A&M University released this statement to KBTX:
"We are deeply saddened by this news and offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased student. We are cooperating with law enforcement as part of an investigation. Sigma Nu fraternity national headquarters is aware of the incident and is also cooperating with authorities. Our first response team has been onsite to provide aid to students affected. Our counseling services center is standing by as a resource for students in search of assistance, including for substance abuse as is believed to be the case for this incident.”
Sigma Nu released this statement to KBTX:
Sigma Nu Fraternity received notice earlier today of the death of a 19-year-old student member of the Kappa Sigma Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity, located at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. A University official notified the Fraternity of the off-campus death this morning. Local authorities were notified and have begun an investigation.
“Our hearts are filled with sorrow as we grieve the loss of this young man,” said Sigma Nu Executive Director Brad Beacham. “Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with his family and loved ones. We appreciate the immediate support and care the Texas A&M community is providing during this very difficult time. We will be working with Texas A&M officials to provide as much continuing support as possible to those affected. The Fraternity will assist, however possible, with the investigation by local authorities. At the appropriate time, the Fraternity and University will complete their own investigations.”
Colton Wayne, Interfraternity Council President at Texas A&M, released the following statement:
"We in the fraternity and sorority community are saddened to hear about the loss of a brother of the Texas A&M chapter of Sigma Nu. We will continue to uplift and encourage his family, his fellow fraternity members, and his friends as they move through this difficult and trying time. We as members of the Aggie family are always heartbroken when we lose a member of that family."