SAN MARCOS, Texas – Authorities believe alcohol may have played a factor in the death of a 20-year-old Texas State University student.
Friends found Matthew McKinley Ellis unresponsive about 11:35 a.m. Monday at the Millennium Apartments, according to the San Marcos Police Department.
Authorities said Ellis was a pledge for Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He was pronounced dead at 12:28 p.m.
An autopsy has been ordered. Investigators believe alcohol may have been a factor in his death, but are awaiting toxicology results from the autopsy, which is expected to take 6-8 weeks.
Ellis was an active student at Texas State University and lived on campus. He was staying at the off-campus apartment complex with four other fraternity members. It is not clear if they are members of the fraternity where Ellis was pledging.
During a press conference on Tuesday, authorities said it is too early to tell if Ellis’ death is a result of hazing. They also said they have had no previous knowledge of alcohol-related incidents with the fraternity.
Authorities also said they believe the drinking was done at a private fraternity event, not in public.
If it is determined that Ellis’ death is hazing related, charges could range from providing alcohol to a minor to manslaughter.
No arrests have been made at this time.
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