PULLMAN, Wash. — Police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old Washington State University fraternity member Tuesday and say his death may be alcohol-related.
Police and family members have identified him as Samuel Martinez, from Bellevue.
Officers responded Tuesday around 8:35 a.m. to Alpha Tau Omega, located at 710 NE Linden St., to a call of someone unconscious and not breathing.
"Fraternity members were preforming CPR as the responding officers arrived," said Cmdr Jake Opgenorth, with Pullman police.
Pullman police say they do not believe what happened involved hazing but say the fraternity did host a party the night before.
Martinez's death has Greek life at WSU suspending all social events for the rest of the semester.
"We have a lot of people we need to interview. We'd like to talk to all the members of the fraternity, everybody who was there when this happened or when they saw him last and just to find out what happened," Opgenorth said.
Martinez is from Bellevue and graduated this spring from Newport High School.
"Just kind of shocking, really," said Enoch Kwong, a senior at Newport High who knew Martinez.
Students at Newport High said Martinez was a talented soccer player. They also remember his kindness.
"I went to band camp with him, and during one of our trips, he was just super inclusive and brought me into his group when I didn't know anyone," Kwong said.
His family said in a statement:
The Whitman County coroner will release the manner and cause of death.
Washington State University released the following statement:
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