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Guest dies at Murray State Lambda Chi Alpha house

Police investigating death at Murray State fraternity house

UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: In a public letter sent Monday afternoon, the president of Murray State University says his heart goes out to the family of a person who died in an off-campus fraternity house over the weekend.

You can read the full letter from MSU president Bob Davies below.

Colleagues, Students and Friends,

I am very saddened to write this letter.  On Sunday morning we learned that a friend of one of our students who was visiting him in Murray passed away at an off-campus fraternity house.  

An investigation into the cause of death is being led and handled by the Murray City Police Department and the Calloway County Coroner.  As a reminder, University Counseling Services will be available for students who need them as we all cope with the loss.  Students may contact Counseling Services at 270-809-6851.  Faculty and staff needing assistance are encouraged to contact the University’s Employee Assistance Program at 800-441-1327.

My heart goes out to the individuals and families affected by this tragic loss of life.  Please keep the family and friends of the individual who passed away way too soon in your thoughts and prayers.  And, please send the individual’s friend special prayers as he deals with the loss of his friend.


Bob Davies


UPDATE 11:24 a.m.: Murray Police say the person that died over the weekend is not a Murray State University student. They say it was a person visiting a student over the weekend.

MURRAY, KY – Murray Police say they are investigating a death over the weekend, but they do not suspect foul play.

Officers did not give much information about the person who died, but previously stated the person was a Murray State University student. They now tell us it was not a student.

We are waiting on more details like when the death happened and the person’s identity. They did confirm the death happened at 1505 Main Street, which is the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house.

We will update this story when we get more information.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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