After nearly three months, we finally have some new information on the death of Peter Tran following a Lambda Phi Epsilon party at San Francisco State in April. The San Francisco Examiner is reporting that the University has closed the chapter, and is investigating individual student involvement. The article describes the party as “a ‘crossover’ party in which new members are initiated into the fraternity. Tran, who lived in San Francisco, was reportedly a pledge.”
This case marks the third death of a Lambda Phi Epsilon pledge. The other two in 2005 (info from Hank Nuwer’s list of hazing deaths):
2005 – Lambda Phi Epsilon
University of California Irvine
Pledge death under investigation
Pledge Kenny Luong of Cal Poly Pomona died in August after competing in a football game with other pledges against members of the Irvine chapter. There were many more members than pledges in the roughly played game. The death is under investigation.
2005 – University of Texas
Lambda Phi Epsilon
Alcohol death of a pledge
Phanta “Jack” Phoummarath died of acute alcohol intoxication during a fraternity event. Toxicology ruling came January 2006.
Lambda Phi Epsilon also drew attention in 2003 when a member died during a 100+ person brawl between two fraternities at San Jose State.