Police: U of M Student Found Dead at Frat House in St. Paul

September 12, 2018 06:53 PM

The St. Paul Police Department confirms a 20-year-old male was found dead early Wednesday morning inside a fraternity house near the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus.

Department public information coordinator Steve Linders said the man was found inside the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity house on the 2000 block of Carter Avenue at around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

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He said police have no reason to believe anything criminal in nature occurred. He also said there is nothing at this point that would lead police to believe a hazing or initiation process was involved in the man's death.

University of Minnesota Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Maggie Towle released a statement Wednesday afternoon:

"We are saddened to learn of the death of one of our students," the statement read.

"The Saint Paul Police Department is leading the investigation of this death. They will handle any related questions.

"During this time of need, support and counseling is available to any members of the University community who need it. Students are encouraged to contact Boynton Health or Student Counseling Services for assistance."    

The fraternity's national chapter also issued a statement Wednesday:

“As we grieve the loss of this young man, we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones, as well as to our brothers in the University of Minnesota chapter,” said Rex Martin, the CEO of Alpha Gamma Rho, in a release from the fraternity.

“The depths of their grief are unimaginable, and we will to do anything we can to support them at this difficult time. We are grateful for the support the University has provided.” 

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