San Diego State says the 19 year old freshman student who was rushed to a hospital after an event at a fraternity last week has died.
Last week, the university announced the suspension of 14 fraternities following the report of the incident at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity Wednesday night. A close friend of the student told reporting partner 10News that 19 year old Dylan Hernandez fell off his bed Wednesday night and suffered a head injury. She says his roommate contacted her after the fall, and she came over to help put him back into his bed. She didn't know anything was wrong until the next morning, when she checked on Hernandez. She said his mouth was foaming, his lips were purple and his skin was yellowing. She performed CPR on him until emergency crews arrived.
On Monday, the school released an all-campus message from SDSU President Adela de la Torre, but did not list a cause of death:
"It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to say that Dylan Hernandez, the student who was hospitalized last week, has passed away. His family gave their goodbyes late Sunday night. The family has given the university permission today to share this information, and we are working to support them during this incredibly difficult time.
"As a mother, nothing can replace the profound loss of a child, and the devastating heartbreak the family and their loved ones are experiencing. All of us in the Aztec family are sending our prayers, and are here to support the family.
"Friends of the Hernandez family have established a GoFundMe page, which is accepting donations.
"So many within our campus community knew, studied with and cared for Dylan Hernandez. Members of Student Life & Leadership and therapists with Counseling & Psychological Services have been offering support to those directly and indirectly affected over the last several days. We will continue supporting our students, and also have support resources available for faculty and staff.
"The university has introduced a webpage, which will be updated as frequently as possible with additional information, including details about support services. As we have shared in earlier messages and statements, we ask that all respect the privacy of the student’s family at this time."
Late last week, the San Diego State University Police Department (UPD) said they received a 911 phone call to respond to a student in need of medical attention at a residence hall located in the 6100 block of Montezuma Road. University Police officers quickly arrived to the location of the incident and provided appropriate aid. The student was then transported to a San Diego area hospital. UPD is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident. Although the investigation is preliminary, UPD is taking this matter very seriously. As this is an ongoing investigation, UPD cannot provide additional details at this time.
On Friday, the university released this statement: "Given the severity of this incident, and as the safety and wellbeing of students is a primary concern of the university, SDSU President Adela de la Torre has suspended the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and all chapter organizations under the council. This decision is effective today, Friday, November 8. The decision does not impact the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the College Panhellenic Association or the United Sorority and Fraternity Council, or the chapters affiliated with those organizations.
While under suspension, the IFC and its organizations will not be recognized and all activities will be suspended. The university will keep the organizations under suspension while it considers next steps."
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