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Hazing not cited in CMU birthday party death

A student originally from France died at a birthday party. First reports indicate no mention of hazing.

Man found dead at CMU fraternity house
Monday, March 08, 2010
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A 20-year-old man was found dead in a Carnegie Mellon University fraternity house Sunday afternoon, according to a statement from the school.

Matthew Tembo, 20, was a student at University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and was at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house on Morewood Avenue for a birthday celebration, Pittsburgh police Detective Christine Williams said. An autopsy had not yet been performed late Sunday, and there was no cause of death.

Foul play is not suspected, the university statement said.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office said that Mr. Tembo is from France, though no city was provided.

He was a student at Carnegie Mellon during the 2007-08 year, according to the CMU statement.

The university is contacting his family and friends.

CMU is offering support to students from its Counseling and Psychological Services.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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