ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Classes just started up again last week for fall semester at the University of Minnesota and now, some students are dealing with a sudden loss.
Early Wednesday morning, a fraternity brother was found dead inside the Alpha Gamma Rho house near the St. Paul campus.
Multiple sources identified the man as Dylan Fulton, a 20-year-old sophomore at the University.
A fraternity website lists his hometown as Miller, South Dakota and that he is pursuing a degree in Animal Science with a beef production emphasis.
Authorities tell WCCO-TV alcohol may be a factor in his death, but they won’t know for sure until an autopsy is complete.
They do not believe hazing or foul play are involved.
The organization has been at the University of Minnesota since 1917 and all members are pursuing careers related to agriculture, food or fiber.
According to the fraternity’s website, there is no “pledging process” within the organization and everyone joins as an equal member.
On Wednesday, the CEO of Alpha Gamma Rho issued the following statement:
“As we grieve the loss of this young man, we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones, as well as to our brothers in the University of Minnesota chapter. The depths of their grief are unimaginable, and we will to do anything we can to support them at this difficult time.”
The U’s Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Maggie Towle, also issued a statement:
“We are saddened to learn of the death of one of our students. The Saint Paul Police Department is leading the investigation of this death. They will handle any related questions. During this time of need, support and counseling is available to any members of the University community who need it. Students are encouraged to contact Boynton Health or Student Counseling Services for assistance.”