A fraternity at Texas State University has now voluntarily suspended operations following the tragic death of a college student at one of their parties.
According to KXAN, the body of 20-year-old Texas State student Jordin Taylor was found under the rear axle of a shuttle bus on Saturday, Oct. 29. But investigators say that Taylor died the night before, after being hit by the bus and dragged for more than 500 feet.
On Friday, Oct. 28, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, two Texas State fraternities, Pi Kappa Alpha and Alpha Tau Omega, hosted a party at Cool River Ranch, a music and tubing venue outside of San Marcos, Texas, where the university is located.
At around 11:15 p.m. Friday night, one of the shuttle buses had issues with its air braking system. Because of the issue, the bus driver left the bus where it had stopped and transferred to another bus. When a mechanic arrived the next day, Taylor's body was discovered. Investigators believe that the mechanical issues were actually caused by the collision with Taylor, whose body wasn't found until almost 12 hours later.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Taylor's death appeared to be "consistent with being struck and dragged by bus," and it "appears to be an accident," the sheriff said.
Taylor was a freshman at Texas State studying respiratory care and was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, according to mySA.com. Her peers are expressing their condolences on social media:
Both fraternities are cooperating with investigations being conducted by law enforcement and the university. In a statement earlier this week, a Pi Kappa Alpha spokesperson said, "Until more information becomes known, the Chapter is voluntarily suspending all operations until further notice."