WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A fraternity at Virginia Commonwealth University was issued a cease-and-desist order after a pledging student was found dead at an off-campus house.
- Freshman Adam Oakes was drinking at a party where the fraternity matches new members with “big brothers” Friday night.
- The day after, Oakes was found unresponsive and declared dead by police at his house in Richmond.
Adam Oakes, 19, was pledging to the Delta Chi fraternity at Virginia Commonwealth University when reports say he was found dead at an off-campus house. The fraternity was ordered to cease its activities following the death of the freshman.
Recently receiving a bid to join the fraternity, Oakes was drinking at a party Friday night where they assigned a “big brother” to new members, reported WRC-TV news station.
However, news station WTVR reported that after the party where he was blindfolded at one point, Oakes was found unresponsive at his home in Richmond.
His cousin, Courtney White, said Oakes ended up “falling into” and “hitting his head into a tree.” White said they don’t know “if he passed out or was unconscious.”
When Oakes was discovered, police pronounced him dead at the scene. An autopsy was ordered to determine what might have caused his death.
A statement from the school’s officials said the national chapter of the fraternity “issued a cease-and-desist order to the VCU chapter on Saturday” after learning of Oakes’ death late Saturday afternoon. An investigation is ongoing at the university.
Oakes’ membership was not confirmed by the Delta Chi national headquarters, but they said in a statement that they were “devastated” at the news of the death of a student at VCU and that their “top priority” is the health and safety of their chapter communities. “We encourage all members to cooperate with law enforcement investigative efforts and all directives of University Administration.”
Oakes’ father, Eric, told WTVR that Adam’s passing has left “a massive hole in his heart.”
“He was such a good kid,” Eric Oakes said. “He only wanted to be accepted and he wanted to be friends with people. He just had such a big heart.”
Source: New York Post