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

(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," NJ.com 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. (Read more Rutgers stories.)

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