In early September, fraternity member Andrew Walker was arrested following a hazing incident that resulted in one pledge being hospitalized.
But ahead of his December court date, Walker was found dead after apparently jumping from the fourth floor of an apartment complex parking garage.
Hazing remains a problem on college campuses around our country.
In recent years, schools have taken considerable measures to stop the hazing, yet it continues to take place.
Walker’s fraternity, Kappa Sigma, had made headlines before over hazing incidents at several of its chapters.
Back in 2013, the fraternity’s Tulane chapter had the notorious honor of making the Top 10 list for worst fraternities in the country.
The national fraternity has a clear policy on hazing, but Walker’s chapter was openly abusing pledges.
In this case, fraternity members were forcing underage pledges to drink excessive amounts of alcohol while feeding them expired guacamole at the same time.
After one pledge ended up in the hospital with a blood-alcohol level so high doctors said he could have died, Walker and another fraternity brother were arrested.
The arrest brought both the fraternity and these two frat brothers into the national spotlight.
It also thrust some unwanted attention on the university where it took place, Texas Christian University.
Walker, however, had other legal problems mounting.
He was also reportedly facing DWI charges from another recent arrest.
All of that apparently came to a head earlier this week when Walker, who was 19, died from a fall.
The local medical examiner ruled it an apparent suicide.
According to the examiner’s report, Walker died from “blunt force trauma” directly related to the fall.
After his death, Texas Christian University released a statement saying in part: “Texas Christian University is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our students, Andrew Walker.”
The statement continued: “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.”
The school has made grief counseling available to students in the wake of the suicide.