SDSU student injured after fraternity event dies

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SAN DIEGO -- A college freshman who was hospitalized after an incident that led to the suspension of more than a dozen San Diego State fraternities has died, the university announced Monday.

"It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to say that Dylan Hernandez, the student who was hospitalized last week, has passed away," the school said in an all-campus email. "The family has given the university permission today to share this information, and we are working to support them during this incredibly difficult time."

While the email implied Hernandez died Sunday night, the San Diego County Medical Examiner stated on its website that he was pronounced dead at Alvarado Hospital in the early evening of Friday, Nov. 8.

The school shared a GoFundMe page set up by friends of the Hernandez family for donations. The university also shared a webpage that will be updated frequently with details about the investigation and support services for students who need them.

Hernandez was hospitalized Thursday after campus police were called and told he needed medical attention, the SDSU Police Department said.

The call came after he attended an event hosted by the fraternity Phi Gamma Delta on Nov. 6, then returned to his dorm room. His peers said they were immediately concerned.

“You can tell he over-partied more than usual. Everyone was (saying), 'Whoa, make sure he’s okay,'" said Piper Grant, a freshman from the same dorm as Hernandez.

The university has not given a cause for his hospitalization or death, but classmates said he fell from his bunk bed in the night, hitting his head.

The next day, de la Torre said SDSU police found information that suggested one of the fraternities was involved in misconduct, though more specific details were not shared.

"A San Diego State University fraternity is alleged to have been involved in possible misconduct," said Cory Marshall, interim director of media relations at SDSU. "We expect all our students to uphold our institutional values and the student code of conduct."

All 14 chapters in the school's Interfraternity Council are now suspended, affecting an estimated 1,400 student members, according to SDSU's website.

The IFC fraternities named in the suspension included Alpha Epsilon Pi, Delta Sigma Phi, Delta Upsilon, Kappa Alpha Order, Kappa Sigma, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Gamma Delta, Phi Gamma Delta, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Chi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Theta Chi and Zeta Beta Tau.

In a letter shared with students, faculty and staff, the university asked those with information about the incident to come forward. "I am urging members of our campus community to please contact UPD as soon as possible if you have information about this case," de la Torre said.

As the investigation continued, word of Hernandez's death spread through the campus community.

“My good friend came into my room and just told me the news and she started breaking down crying," said freshman Morgan O'Reilly. "I went outside later and I saw the whole floor sitting outside holding hands -- it was really sad."

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