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Updates on Nikolas Gallegos death at TKE party

Thank you to Duane for update. More info asap as I get verifications. The chapter says this alcohol-related death was not hazing.
Link to background on alcohol death of student at party and arrests. 

Letter to Pine Log at Stephen F. Austin University from Nik’s grandmother:
Since the passing of my grandson, Nikolas, there have been numerous opinions posted at various sites on the Internet. Most are of a positive and supportive nature, but there are also some that are negative and cruel in attempts to place the blame somewhere. As Nik’s grandmother the negative has both hurt and angered me as in my heart I blame no one for what happened.

Nik was doing what young people all over the country do on a daily basis-partying and having fun with his friends. No one expected a tragedy to come out of it. I am not telling anyone not to go out and have fun-what I do want is Nik’s death to send a message and asking each of you to please be very careful and aware of the danger so that another family does not have to go through what we are. Nik was outgoing, would go out of his way to help anyone and was never judgmental of others. He was a wonderful grandson, and my heart will ache for him for a very, very long time.

The nurses in ICU at Nacogdoches Medical Center, SFA staff, counselors and students were wonderful to out family during our ordeal. Their kindness, caring and outpouring of love to our family will remain with us. To the students and friends of Nik, I ask that you keep him in your memories and make him proud by your accomplishments.

If anyone of you should ever need a shoulder to cry on, someone to vent to or just simply want to talk-our family will always be there for you. May God bless and keep you always.

-Judith Gallegos

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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