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A fraternity at the University of California, Irvine has been suspended as the school investigates the death of an 18-year-old freshman member.
UC Irvine officials confirmed the suspension of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity after police discovered Noah Domingo around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday in a bed at a home in Turtle Rock, Irvine Police Department spokeswoman Kim Mohr said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The first-year biological science major was unresponsive and was declared dead at the scene.
Orange County coroner’s officials said Domingo died six hours earlier, the Associated Press reported. The cause of death is still under investigation.
The teen was reportedly attending an off-campus house party the night before he died.
“As a family, we’re hurting, but we’re also concerned — could it have been prevented? Is there something we, as a family, can do to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again?” the student’s father, Dale Domingo, said.
UC Irvine student affairs Vice Chancellor Edgar J. Dormitorio wrote in a campus community email on Monday that the university would “closely examine the larger context in which this tragedy occurred. [We] will be working with the Greek community to help ensure that they are engaging in behaviors and practices that are in alignment with university policies and their own values.”
Sigma Alpha Epsilon headquarters released a statement advising members “to fully cooperate with all investigative efforts.”
“We are heartbroken by the death of our UCI brother, Noah Domingo,” the statement read, according to KABC. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and we appreciate the support the university and its staff have provided to students in this difficult time.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds for Domingo’s funeral.
“He had such a fun, enthusiastic spirit, with an immense love of basketball and football, always a team player!” the page said. “He was a supportive, caring friend, brother, boyfriend, grandson, and son whom always wanted to make everyone laugh.”