Florida State fraternity pledge found dead after party

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP/WSVN) — Police are investigating the death of a Florida State University fraternity pledge at a chapter party.

The Tallahassee police say no one has been arrested in the death of Pi Kappa Phi pledge Andrew Coffey at an off-campus house party Friday.

Twenty-year-old Coffey was a civil engineering major from Pompano Beach.

Neighbors in South Florida were saddened by the heartbreaking news. “When a parent loses their child, oh my goodness,” said Janet Keller, “and at 20 years old? My God, he’s just begun to live.”

The Tallahassee Democrat reports that officers were collecting alcoholic beverage bottles that were scattered on the home’s porch as evidence.

The fraternity has been suspended by its national organization pending the conclusion of the investigation.

FSU Vice President for Student Affairs Amy Hecht released a statement that reads, “We are overwhelmed with sadness any time we learn of the death of one of our students, and the FSU family provides extensive outreach to their family and friends as they deal with the tragic loss of a young life. We do not yet have details surrounding the passing today of student Andrew Coffey, but we will work closely with the Tallahassee Police Department as it investigates to determine the facts surrounding this case.”

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