Campus Tragedy: Rutgers Student Dies After Night Of Drinking At Frat House
According to the Associated Press, a student at Rutgers University has died after attending a party at a frat house.
The student, 19-year-old Caitlyn Kovacs, allegedly “became distressed” at what is described as a small gathering at the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity house in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Her friends took her to a local hospital around 3 am on Sunday morning, where she was pronounced dead shortly after.
The cause of death is under investigation though authorities maintain it’s likely alcohol-related.
Rutgers University officials reached out to students via Twitter to offer counseling services:
We are deeply saddened to report the passing of soph. Caitlyn Kovacs. Counseling is available at 7 p.m. at SAC and CASC. Call 848-932-7884.
— Rutgers University (@RutgersU) September 21, 2014
Delta Kappa Epsilon released a statement later that day, offering their condolences and announcing the fraternity’s commitment to helping local authorities with the case as much as possible:
On behalf of the International Fraternity of Delta Kappa Epsilon and the Brothers of our chapter at Rutgers University, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Caitlyn Kovacs.
We also wish to extend our sympathies to the students of Rutgers University as they endure this time of grief and misfortune. As the investigation of the incident is ongoing, Delta Kappa Epsilon is fully cooperating with local and county authorities.
It’s such a tragedy to see a young life disappear so suddenly. We offer our sincere condolences to the friends and family of Caitlyn Kovacs.
Remember, everyone, stay safe this school year.