A fraternity member who was arrested for hazing last month has committed suicide.
Andrew Walker, a 19-year-old from Massachusetts who was enrolled at
His body was found just before 6pm,
The medical examiner has determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma from a fall.
TCU officials sent an email to students and faculty.
Andrew Walker, a 19-year-old from Massachusetts who was enrolled at Texas Christian University, was found dead on the sidewalk of the school’s Fort Worth campus on Thursday night
His body was found just before 6pm, according to authorities in north Texas
The medical examiner has determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma from a fall
‘Texas Christian University is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our students, Andrew Walker,’ the university said in a statement
Walker posted this photo from his 2016 high school graduation. He attended Westford Academy in Westford, Massachusetts
‘Texas Christian University is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our students, Andrew Walker,’ the university said in a statement.
‘We are a small campus community and a death among our Horned Frog family wounds us all.
‘We send our heartfelt thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family in this difficult time.
‘Counselors and university ministers stand ready to assist students, faculty and staff who need support in the days and weeks ahead.’
Last month, Walker and Christopher Barksdale were arrested after they allegedly forced pledges to sort sprinkles, eat expired guacamole and drink dangerous quantities of vodka straight from the bottle.
An arrest warrant details the alleged hazing incident at the Kappa Sigma chapter house on the Fort Worth campus in early September.
Barksdale, a former student, lived at the house and Walker lived at the neighboring Sigma Phi Epsilon house.
According to the warrant, a phone owned by Barksdale sent a text to two pledges ordering them to bring a handle of Tito’s vodka to the house around 4pm on September 3.
When the freshmen arrived they were introduced to Walker and a sorority member before being directed to Barksdale’s room on the second floor.
Last month, Walker (left) and Christopher Barksdale (right) were arrested after they allegedly forced pledges to sort sprinkles, eat expired guacamole and drink dangerous quantities of vodka straight from the bottle
Barksdale called one of the pledges into a bathroom where he handed him a beer and instructed him to drink it as fast as possible.
The accused ringleader then emptied a bottle of decorative baking sprinkles and ordered the pledges to sort them – forcing them to take 10 to 15 long swigs from their vodka bottles when they failed to work fast enough.
The two pledges were also forced to eat expired guacamole, the warrant says.
One pledge was walked back to his dorm room while the other was later found unconscious in Barksdale’s room by another Kappa Sigma member.
Thinking the pledge was dead, members called an ambulance.
The student had a potentially deadly blood alcohol level when he arrived at the hospital and didn’t remember any of the events that led up to his being hospitalized, according to the warrant.
Both Barksdale and Walker were booked at Tarrant County Jail. They were soon after released.
Texas and 43 other states have instituted laws against hazing, which refers to physical and mental abuse a student must endure to gain admittance to an organization.
TCU is no stranger to hazing allegations, this having been the third incident reported on the North Texas campus in the last two years. The above photo is a stock image of the TCU campus in Fort Worth
University officials have said they are conducting an investigation into the incident, and Kappa Sigma is the only fraternity implicated.
‘National headquarters and Texas Christian University have suspended all activity by Kappa Sigma until the investigation is complete,’ TCU spokeswoman Holly Ellman said Wednesday.
TCU is no stranger to hazing allegations, this having been the third incident reported on the North Texas campus in the last two years.
In 2016, the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity was shut down after reports of drug dealing and possession of guns surfaced.
Then in December 2017, the Delta Tau Delta fraternity chapter was suspended for hazing, according to the fraternity’s national office.