Texas State fraternity suspends operations after death under party bus

Jordin Taylor (Facebook photo)

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — The Pi Kappa Alpha chapter at Texas State University is voluntarily suspending all operations until further notice after a student attending one of their parties was found dead Saturday morning.

An investigation is still underway by the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office and now the university’s Office of Student Involvement after 20-year-old Jordin Taylor was found dead at a ranch southeast of San Marcos. Deputies are saying the bus that dragged Taylor more than 500 feet belonged to the Skyline Party Bus Company.

That company has been involved in two crashes and has had five safety violations since last year. On April 2, 2016, one of the company’s bus’ was found in violation of not being equipped with an anti-lock brake system. The same bus also received a violation that day for having a defective brake warning device.

KXAN has reached out to the company and the company’s owner through e-mails and phone calls, but have yet to hear back. According to the university, the two fraternities that held Friday night’s party are Pi Kappa Alpha and Alpha Tau Omega.

“Our prayers and sympathies go out the family of Jordin Taylor, the student who passed away recently at Texas State University – San Marcos,” said the spokesperson for the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity Brent Phillips. “The Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity was made aware that Taylor was found in proximity to an event held the previous evening involving members of Zeta Theta Chapter and other organizations. The chapter is fully cooperating with authorities in their investigation. Until more information becomes known, the Chapter is voluntarily suspending all operations until further notice.”

“Alpha Tau Omega’s prayers are with the family of Jordin Taylor. The men of our chapter at Texas State are grieving Jordin’s tragic loss. ATO is cooperating with law enforce­ment and the University,” said Alpha Tau Omega Chief Executive Officer Wynn Smiley.

According to the university, both fraternities are being investigated to make sure they followed all Greek organization rules and regulations, and followed all parts of the event registration process.

The owners of the Cool River Ranch, where the party was held, have also released a statement saying, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Taylor’s family and friends during this difficult time. At the time, this matter remains under investigation. We are fully cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation of this tragic event.”

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