Student's Death Rocks SDSU

Toxicology Tests May Determine Cause Of Death

Grief counselors are on hand at San Diego State University where a student was found dead in his fraternity row apartment, 10News reported.

Douglas DeWitt (pictured, left), 21, an SDSU student, was found by his roommates in his Fraternity Row apartment early Saturday morning.

They told police that DeWitt had been drinking Friday night and then went to his room to lie down.

University officials said it does not appear that foul play was involved.

DeWitt was a junior from South Gate majoring in public administration. He was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity.

Student leaders fear the tragedy will further damage the school's reputation.

Dennis Kramer, from the SDSU Residence Hall Association, said, "Even if he didn't pass away from drinking, they're gonna see that he drank before he passed away. They're gonna associate it."

Kramer has been working hard to reduce alcohol on campus, but it's a challenge especially at the start of the school year.

"I've been here for a month. Binge drinking is visible from what I've seen," Kramer said.

There were no fraternity-related events or parties this past weekend, 10News reported.

Kari Powers, the Panhellenic Association president, said, "This was just an isolated incident. Who knows how much alcohol played a role or how much it didn't."

It may take a few weeks for results from toxicology tests. In the meantime, DeWitt's family and friends are planning for a memorial service later this week.

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