Student, 19, Dies After 'Gathering' at Rutgers Fraternity

Police probe Caitlyn Kovacs' death
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 22, 2014 11:48 AM CDT
Rutgers University's Old Queens building.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Newser) – A 19-year-old Rutgers student has died following what reports call a "small gathering" at a fraternity house. Alcohol may have been a factor in Caitlyn Kovacs' death, which is currently under police investigation; an autopsy will reveal the cause. The New Jersey resident passed out at the Delta Kappa Epsilon house; friends took her to the hospital around 3am yesterday, at which point she "appeared to be in distress," a prosecutor says, as the Daily Targum reports.

She was pronounced dead shortly afterward, and hospital staff notified police. Friends remember Kovacs fondly, calling her "upbeat" and "bubbly," reports. "She was a good kid with a good head on her shoulders," says a high school classmate. "We’re pretty torn up over here. It’s very raw," says the president of Rutgers' Delta Kappa Epsilon chapter, as WNBC reports. In a statement, the fraternity has offered its "deepest condolences to the family and friends of Caitlyn Kovacs" and Rutgers students.

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