Texas university suspends Greek chapters after pledge dies

Matthew Ellis

Matthew Ellis

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.

Authorities said Ellis was a pledge for Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

Ellis is the latest of several students to die after parties while pledging fraternities this year.

In a statement, the Phi Kappa Psi national office says it suspended the Texas State chapter last week for unrelated matters, and it will remain suspended while the investigation continues.

Although a Texas Department of Public Safety official said that she had not heard of an incident like Ellis' death occurring in San Marcos in the past three years, alcohol-related deaths involving fraternities are common.


A sophomore fraternity pledge at Texas State University died on Monday, shortly after his friends found him unresponsive in an apartment.

The Travis County medical examiner will determine Ellis' cause and manner of death.

The San Marcos Police Department is now investigating. He was pronounced dead about an hour later. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and the Texas State Community.

Trauth added that she was suspending all Greek fraternity and sorority activities while the university completes a review of the Greek system.

As a result of this tragedy, I have suspended activities of all Greek fraternity and sorority chapters at Texas State. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the entire TSU student body during this hard time". "Phi Kappa Psi will continue to work closely with the TXSU administration and law enforcement during their review of this matter, and have advised all members to cooperate fully".

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