Funeral held for Texas State student found dead after fraternity event

Matthew Ellis died on Nov. 13, 2017 after a fraternity event. (Courtesy: Ellis Family)
Matthew Ellis died on Nov. 13, 2017 after a fraternity event. (Courtesy: Ellis Family)

KINGWOOD, Texas (KXAN) — Friends and family said goodbye Saturday to the Texas State University student who was found dead after a fraternity event.

Matthew Ellis was laid to rest in Kingwood, Texas, near his hometown of Humble northeast of Houston.

“We believe that somewhere in the middle of this tragedy, God makes himself present,” said Senior Pastor Scott Dornbush of Kingwood United Methodist Church.

Church leaders didn’t discuss what happened, but say Ellis was dedicated to giving back.

“Matthew loved being a part of our student ministry mission outreach,” Dornbush said. “His parents have said time and time again that had a tremendous impact on his life and being able to give others. That’s reflective of who Matthew was.”

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the San Marcos Police Department, the university and the fraternity’s national chapter are all investigating his death.

Phi Kappa Psi shut down the local chapter at Texas State University last week for what they say are unrelated reasons.

Police said it is still possible that charges could be filed in this case. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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