19-Year-Old Rutgers Student Dies After Attending Fraternity Party

The students and staff of Rutgers University are in mourning after Caitlyn Kovacs of South Brunswick died following a gathering at the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity house early Sunday morning.

According to the Associated Press, alcohol is suspected of playing a role in the death of the 19-year-old girl.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office says she appeared to be in distress at approximately 3:00 a.m., so friends took her to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where she died.

Officials are awaiting results of an autopsy.

Police interviewed frat brothers at the DKE house later in the day, and at the moment there is no word if charges will be made against the fraternity. The Rutgers chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon said it has 55 current members, and the fraternity offered condolences on its Facebook page. DKE International Executive Director Doug Laphner said in a statement, “As the investigation of the incident is ongoing, Delta Kappa Epsilon is fully cooperating with local and county authorities.”

Kovacs was a sophomore majoring in animal sciences, who was “bubbly” and “happy” according to her friends.

Rutgers president Robert Barchi said in the statement, “Her passing over the weekend is a tragic loss to her family, her friends, and the entire Rutgers community. This is a difficult time for everyone.”

Rutgers has made grief counselors available to students in the wake of her death.

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