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Washington State student who died at fraternity identified

Pullman police have identified the 19-year-old student who died at a Washington State University fraternity Tuesday as freshman Samuel Martinez of Bellevue, Wash.

The Whitman County Coroner has not released the cause and manner of death, but police said Tuesday that a preliminary investigation indicates the death may be alcohol related.

Police say medics and police were called to the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at about 8:35 a.m. Tuesday after Martinez was found unconscious and not breathing. Other fraternity members performed CPR until medics arrived and pronounced him dead.

WSU spokesman Phil Weiler said Tuesday all fraternities and sororities at WSU have voluntarily suspended their social activities for the rest of the semester.


The police department is investigating the death with cooperation from the university and the fraternity.

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