Student Dies After Fraternity ‘Gave Him Kool-Aid’ in Code: Victim’s Family Fears ‘Possible Disability’

Police say a 10th fraternity member has been arrested in connection with the death of a student who fell ill during a house party. A Virginia police spokesman says the victim’s relatives requested that only …

Police say a 10th fraternity member has been arrested in connection with the death of a student who fell ill during a house party.

A Virginia police spokesman says the victim’s relatives requested that only the use of juvenile initials be used because it could affect the future eligibility of younger students to join fraternities. The victim was a sophomore from New York.

An 18-year-old pledge at the University of Virginia’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity was arrested on charges including felony poisoning after the sophomore fell ill at a house party and died.

Court documents state that a witness reported to university police that Dharun Ravi, a freshman from New Jersey, was videotaping two people during the sleepover in late September. The woman was also 19.

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The documents state Ravi found the victim unconscious and standing behind the counter. He told her not to move and said, “Call 911. This isn’t your fault.”

Later, a recording device found in a microwave found the victim and another unnamed male in the microwave talking about finding a way to get “Kool-Aid in her throat,” the police documents said.

An autopsy indicated the student died of a lack of oxygen caused by alcohol poisoning.

The student, from Queens, fell from a fourth-floor window as his fraternity brothers were washing a couch in the dormitory, the university’s police chief said. Fraternity members saw the window was clear and waited two hours to call 911, Chief Timothy Longo said. The student died at a hospital, he said.

The school has placed Phi Kappa Psi on interim suspension. Spokesman Keith Bostic had no immediate comment.

Ravi has previously not responded to messages from NBC News, and he did not immediately respond Thursday to an email and phone call to his home.

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The university is investigating the death.

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