Washington State University fraternity death marks 4th campus fatality in a month

All social events for fraternities and sororities were suspended at Washington State University after the death Tuesday of a student possibly tied to alcohol. It’s the second fraternity-related death in the past week and the fourth college campus death in the United States in the past month.

Nearly 2,000 college students die each year from alcohol-related injuries, including car crashes, according to government researchers. In addition to Washington State, fraternity-connected deaths have occurred in San Diego, New York and Pennsylvania in recent weeks, prompting a crackdown by school officials, CBS News correspondent Jamie Yuccas reports.

Police are still investigating what happened at the Alpha Tau Omega house off the Washington State University campus where they received an emergency call early Tuesday morning. Medics arrived to find 19-year-old fraternity member Sam Martinez unconscious. Police said a preliminary investigation indicated that his death could be alcohol related.

“There is a cultural problem,” said Franklin College Professor Hank Nuwer, who has studied fraternity drinking trends for decades. “When the deaths occur, it’s often because they not only want to drink with the members, they want to out-drink them to show off.”