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Greek life at West Virginia University should be bustling this time of year, but the row of fraternities and sororities has been silenced with the death of an year-old freshman on Friday.
Students clung to one another at a somber candlelight vigil in honor of Nolan Burch, who was hospitalized after getting injured at a fraternity house around midnight Wednesday, police said. WVU, located in the hilly terrain of Morgantown, West Virginia, has temporarily suspended all of its Greek activities in response — effectively shutting down its 28 fraternities and sororities.
He was a Frat row wvu kid," said vigil attendee Marc Flickinger, a freshman who lives in the same residence hall as Burch and shared the same friends. I think it hits home with everyone because Burch did have a lot of friends here and that easily could have been one of my friends. When police arrived at the Kappa Sigma fraternity, they said they found a man performing CPR on Burch, who was unconscious and lying on the floor.
On a haunting, final post to Twitter before Wednesday's incident, Burch wrote: "It's about to be a very eventful night to say the least. But it was heartbreaking when I found out. That fraternity was also suspended. That is — and must always be — our foremost priority," Dean of Students Corey Farris said in a statement. Students earlier Friday were divided over the move, with some finding it too drastic a step.
But other students said now is the right time for reflection, and backed the school's move. Students added that underage drinking continues to be a problem and needs to be adequately addressed. After the pledge arrests earlier this month, University President E. Gordon Gee said in a letter to the campus that there will be "zero tolerance" for criminal and unruly behavior.
Burch, who graduated from Buffalo's Canisius High School in and worked at a car wash, was remembered by friends as someone who loved hockey and got along with everybody. He was reportedly studying pre-sports management.
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