Officials are in the process of investigating the death of a former Florida State University (FSU) student who allegedly fell from the roof of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon frat house this past Wednesday. Lt. John Baker, who is a spokesman for the FSU Police Department, identified the individual as a 21-year-old male. According to Baker, officers received a call between 6:30 a.m. and 6:45 a.m. after a city meter reader discovered the body outside on the west side of the house [Source: Tallahassee Democrat].
While claims are being made that the male accidentally fell from the roof, Baker told the news source “We can’t confirm that he fell off the roof. That is something that investigators are still on scene trying to determine. They’re combing through different pieces of evidence to try to put (them) together. It’s very active. It’s very ongoing.” Although there are different theories of what might have happened, the Tallahassee Democrat says that a member of the fraternity contacted the source to “complain the death was labeled “suspicious.” The source says the member called the death “an accident.”
Investigators were seen roping off the fraternity house with crime scene tape and “appeared to focus on a driveway down a steep hill with an overhang above it.” The source says a few boxes of beer, which appeared to be empty, were on another part of the roof. The Tallahassee Democrat also said that “there is no indication from law enforcement or people at the scene that the death at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house involved hazing.” However, police are still working to determine if alcohol was involved.
May Marked the Completion of the Disciplinary Probation Period for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity
Last fall, the fraternity was suspended over the death of Andrew Coffey, who was a pledge at a different FSU fraternity. The fraternity’s operations were halted and weren’t able to resume until May 2020. However, with the recent incident that occurred, it isn’t clear what action the university is going to take in response to the recent death of the former FSU student.
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