Death of West Virginia University student shuts down Greek life

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MORGANTOWN, W.V. – Greek life at West Virginia University has completely shut down after a freshman pledge died.

Officials say medics found 18-year-old Nolan Burch unresponsive, with no pulse at a fraternity house Wednesday night.

Earlier that night, Nolan sent out a tweet that said, “It’s about to be a very eventful night to say the least.”

The fraternity was reportedly celebrating “big little night.”

However, according to NBC News, the event wasn’t sanctioned by the national fraternity and the chapter had been suspended since mid-October.

The fraternity was notified on Monday, before the event in question, that their charter had been revoked and its operations had been closed.

Police confirmed that the incident was alcohol related, but would not say if alcohol was the cause of the teen’s death.

Last week, another fraternity at West Virginia University was suspended after 19 members got into a street brawl and were arrested or cited for underage possession of alcohol.


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