Police reconsider hazing as possible factor in WSU student's death

VIDEO: Police investigate death of WSU fraternity member

PULLMAN, Wash. — Police are still investigating the death of a 19-year-old Washington State University fraternity member.

Police and family members identified him as Samuel Martinez, from Bellevue, who graduated this spring from Newport High School.

Pullman police initially said they did not believe what happened involved hazing but they are putting hazing back on the table as a possibility. They said the fraternity hosted a party the night before Martinez died.

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Investigators have said alcohol played a role in Martinez's death but they are still waiting for the coroner's report on toxicology.

According to the Whitman County Coroner's Office, Martinez died four hours before the first 911 call reported his condition.

"Fraternity members were preforming CPR as the responding officers arrived," said Cmdr Jake Opgenorth, with Pullman police.

Martinez died at the Alpha Tau Omega house.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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