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Breaking News: West Virginia student dies after catastrophic medical emergency

18-year-old Burch, was found unconscious, not breathing and without a pulse when police were called to the Kappa Sigma fraternity house around midnight this past Wednesday.

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Breaking News: West Virginia student dies after catastrophic medical emergency

Nolan Burch, Kappa Sigma fraternity brother of West Virginia University.

Nolan Burch, Kappa Sigma fraternity brother of West Virginia University.

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Nolan Burch, Kappa Sigma fraternity brother of West Virginia University.

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Nolan Burch, Kappa Sigma fraternity brother of West Virginia University.

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The West Virginia University student, Nolan Burch, who was in Morgantown’s Ruby Memorial Hospital intensive care unit-in critical condition has died following a “catastrophic medical emergency,” as described by officials.

WVU’s President, E. Gordon Gee, confirmed Nolan Burch’s death earlier this afternoon.

18-year-old Burch, was found unconscious, not breathing and without a pulse when police were called to the Kappa Sigma fraternity house around midnight this past Wednesday. When police arrived, they found a male performing CPR, where then police took over until medical officials had arrived.

The incident at the fraternity house is still under investigation by the Morgantown Police Department and WVU police, who is trying to identify and get in touch with fraternity and pledge members in contact with Burch before his condition was reported.

WVU has suspended all fraternity and sorority events until further notice since the incident.

WPXI’s Pamela Osborne has learned from Kappa Sigma fraternity members that their charter was revoked and that the party held Wednesday night was not sponsored by the fraternity.

WVU’s President later tweeted that everyone needs to help prevent such tragedies from happening again.

Burch was a freshman pre-sport management major and a pledge to the Kappa Sigma fraternity.   

According to USA Todayno one from the university has commented as to whether this incident was hazing related. WVU Greek life is holding a candlelight vigil tonight at 6 p.m. on the Mountianlair Plaza in honor of Burch and is inviting all of the WVU and Morgantown communities to attend.

Robert Morris University Greek life never had to undergo a situation like this one. Ian Bookhamer, Director of Risk Management of Delta Tau Delta, talked about what took place at West Virginia University and what he would’ve done to avoid the unfortunate circumstances.

“One of the things I would’ve done is set up a group of about three brothers and made sure each of them stayed sober: had one at the door making a list of everyone who was there, and then two others patrolling and making sure everyone’s okay,” said Bookhamer.

The junior-RMU student continued, “Hopefully, in that scenario, the two sober brothers in the party would’ve seen him and contacted me. I would’ve been able to help him and get him to the hospital as soon as possible.”

As for Greek organizations across the United States, nothing is set in stone for the future, stemming from this horrific event. There is a possibility that Burch’s untimely death could have an affect on Greek life down the road.

Bookhamer believes that it could be detrimental to the practices of Greek life and how the negative stereotypes of fraternities and sororities are about to get worse.

“I think this could be very significant. Any time someone dies, you really have to look and really check up on everything. It’s definitely a hit to Greek organizations, because this puts them back into the negative stereotypes that you see portrayed.”

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