A University Of Nevada, Las Vegas Student Died Just Days After Taking Part In A Fraternity Charity Boxing Match
According to statements from the university and his family’s attorney, a University of Nevada Las Vegas student died just days after participating in a fraternity’s charity boxing match in which he collapsed shortly after the fight.
Nathan Tyler Valencia, 20, died Tuesday in what the school called a “tragic incident” four days after participating in Kappa Sigma fraternity’s “Fight Night” on November 19.
Valencia was listed as one of the fighters in the “main event” on the event’s online flyer, but family attorney Nick Lasso told CNN Sunday that the junior kinesiology major had no boxing experience prior to taking part in the off-campus charity fight.
Valencia collapsed “soon after his fight,” according to UNLV President Keith Whitfield’s online letter to the campus community.
According to Lasso, he was hospitalized after collapsing and died on November 23, just four days shy of his 21st birthday.
Valencia’s official cause of death was not disclosed, but doctors determined that he was suffering from internal bleeding at some point during his hospital stay.
“Kappa Sigma Fraternity is deeply saddened by Nathan Valencia’s death at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas,” fraternity executive director Mitchell B. Wilson said in an email to CNN on Sunday. “Our heartfelt condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with the Valencia family and the entire University of Nevada, Las Vegas community.”
According to Lasso, Valencia was a member of UNLV’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, not the Kappa Sigma organization that hosted the event. The event was a fundraiser for Center Ring Boxing, a Las Vegas-based organization that establishes youth boxing programs for area children and their families, according to an online flyer for the fight.
On Saturday night, a vigil for Valencia was held on the UNLV campus.