Authorities investigate possible hazing death of New York college student

Authorities in upstate New York are investigating the death of a college student who may have suffered injuries in an off-campus hazing incident that may have contributed to his death on Thursday.

Bradley D’Oyley, 21, was a student at Buffalo State College and died at Buffalo General Medical Center, after falling ill with an unexplained sickness last month, according to the Buffalo News. He was apparently in the middle of pledging to Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

According to the paper, students said D’Oyley may have been given some sort of cocktail that led to his illness. Police haven’t confirmed that allegation and have urged the public to refrain from speculation until all the facts are confirmed. Police have not determined the cause of death.

Buffalo State President Katherine Conway-Turner announced the suspension of the fraternity on Friday following the death of D’Oyley. The fraternity was also suspended by its national governing body.

“Buffalo State College is aware of and continues to support the City of Buffalo Police Department’s investigation into an allegation of hazing involving Alpha Phi Alpha and Bradley D’Oyley at an off-campus location. While the investigation is conducted, the campus chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha has been suspended by both the college and the fraternity’s national governing body,” Conway-Turner said in a statement.

D’Oyley, of Brooklyn, was a former member of the men’s basketball team and was set to graduate in the spring.

“He had great spirit,” head coach Fajiri Ansari said. “We still considered him part of our family. He was a great teammate.”

Staff members at the college’s Counseling Center were available to support and talk with students, faculty and staff struggling with the loss, the school said in a statement.

Alpha Phi Alpha declined to comment on the allegations, but told the Buffalo News in a statement that the fraternity strictly prohibits any illegal acts, including hazing and the fraternity is cooperating with authorities in the investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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