NEW YORK City — According to university and family attorney statements, a University of Nevada Las Vegas student died days after participating in a fraternity’s charity boxing match and collapsing shortly after the fight.
Nathan Tyler Valencia, 20, died on Tuesday, four days after taking part in the fraternity’s “Fight Night” on November 19, in what the school described as “a tragic incident.”
Nick Lasso, the lawyer for Valencia’s family, told CNN on Sunday that the junior kinesiology major had never boxed before taking part in the off-campus charity bout, despite an online flyer claiming otherwise.
According to an online letter from UNLV President Keith Whitfield to the campus community, Valencia passed away “soon after his fight.”
According to Lasso, he was taken to the hospital after collapsing and died on November 23, four days shy of his 21st birthday.
As reported, Nathan Tyler Valencia died days after collapsing during a charity boxing match he had just taken part in with his fraternity, according to statements.
UNLV’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity
According to CNN affiliate KTNV, doctors determined Valencia was suffering from internal bleeding at some point during his hospital stay, but the cause of death has not been made public yet.
Fraternity executive director Mitchell B. Wilson tells CNN that Kappa Sigma Fraternity is “greatly saddened” by the death of Nathan Valencia, a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It is with heavy hearts that we extend our deepest condolences to the Valencia family, as well as to the entire UNLV community.
In accordance with Lasso, Valencia was a member of UNLV’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, not the Kappa Sigma organization that hosted the event..
Center Ring Boxing, a Las Vegas-based organization that sets up youth boxing programs for area children and their families, was the beneficiary of the fight, according to an online flyer.
To CNN, Lasso said his firm will conduct “a full investigation” into the promotion, safety protocols, officiating, and medical supervision of the November 19th event in Valencia’s hometown of Las Vegas.
Police in Las Vegas has begun investigating, according to local television station KTNV. A CNN attempt to reach police Sunday night went unanswered.
In a statement, Lasso and Ryan Zimmer from the Richard Harris Law Firm said: “The Valencia family is heartbroken over the loss of Nathan… College students should not be pitted against each other for combat.” As Lasso told CNN over the phone Sunday, “the family wants to make sure this never happens again.”
As we mourn the loss of one of our own, we are shocked and heartbroken,” Whitfield wrote in his letter to the UNLV community. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and loved ones at this difficult time. I’m certain that words will never be able to convey the depth of their grief and emptiness “The president of the school added.
On Saturday night, a vigil was held on the UNLV campus in memory of Valencia.
“Anyone would be lucky enough to have him. This is something that I hope no one ever has to experience, “Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brother Malcolm McGruder told KTNV that Valencia was a Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
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