Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-11-26 23:18:44 –
Las Vegas (KLAS) — A family of UNLV students who died after a fraternity boxing match are seeking answers.
Team I learned that Nathan Valencia had collapsed after the battle ended on November 19.NS.. He died four days later.
His family told I-Team that he had an irreparable brain injury.
In a statement sent through lawyers Nick Lasso and Ryan Zimmer, the family said, “To determine that a 20-year-old child was involved in a school-licensed amateur battle and killed him. There is no problem with it. ” Richard Harris LLP.
“I was like this, it’s like an underground combat club,” said Joe Castro.
He told Team I that he was a longtime friend of Valencia.
Castro said Valencia had no boxing experience but would like to attend a charity event as a member of his companion Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Kappa Sigma Fratanity is the 800E in Las Vegas. An event was held at the Sahara Event Center in Karen.
According to a social media post, the proceeds from the boxing event were to go to centering boxing.
Valencia’s parents told Team I that they believed there was no professional referee or immediate medical assistance. “I didn’t see anything from medical care or doctors,” Castro said.
He also told Team I that a brawl had taken place after Nathan’s collapse. “… the members there are about doing their own thing while Nathan is in the ring just like lying there,” Castro said. “It was ridiculous.”
Team I showed a video of the fight to Hall of Fame boxing referee Richard Steele.
He pointed out how Nathan turned his back during the battle. “Whenever I see a fighter leave the battle, the battle is over,” Steele said.
When asked if the individual in the ring would appear to be a professional referee, Steele said no. “He wasn’t in the right position most of the time,” he said.
Steele also told Team I that there are rules for events like the November 19 boxing match. “You need to have an ambulance. You had to have a professional doctor,” he said.
Steele added that he believed that Valencia had received what turned out to be a deadly punch while the crowd cheered.
“It’s hard to lose such a precious person,” Xavier de la Rosa told Team I. He knew Valencia because they were students of Bishop Gorman High School.
“It should have been done right. It shouldn’t have been overlooked,” La Rosa said.
A family lawyer told Team I that the metro police were investigating the case.
A complete family statement sent through a lawyer is provided below.
The Valencia family is deeply saddened by Nathan’s broken heart. Preliminary investigations revealed that there were mistakes and safety precautions were overlooked.
A complete investigation will be completed to determine how UNLV and Kappa Sigma Fratanity can allow and promote such events.
College students should not be placed in a situation where they fight each other for combat. “Kappa Sigma Fight Night” is an annual event and is well known to both UNLV and Kappa Sigma Fratanity nationwide.
We leave no stones to determine how a 20-year-old child ended up in a school-licensed amateur battle that cost his life. The family was saddened for privacy during this time.
Nick Lasso & Ryan Zimmer (Valencia Family Attorney) at Richard Harris LLP
Team I contacted Kappa Sigma Fratanity. Their statement is as follows:
Kappa Sigma Fratanity is very saddened by the loss of Nathan Valencia at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Our deep condolences, thoughts, and prayers are in the Valencia family and the entire UNLV community.
Kappa Sigma Fratanity
Team I also contacted the Sahara Event Center and sent the following statement:
Statement from the Sahara Event Center
We are deeply saddened by the death of Nathan Valencia. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to him and his family, as well as the entire UNLV community at the time of this sadness.
Sahara Event Center
The day after Team I first reported on Valencia’s death, UNLV President Richard Whitfield sent the following email to the university community:
It is a heartfelt and deep sadness that I share that no one in the UNLV family is with us anymore.
Nathan Tyler Valencia died after a tragic incident a week ago. Nathan was a junior at UNLV and participated in the Kappa Sigma Fratanity “Fight Night”, an off-campus event aimed at raising funds.
Immediately after the battle, Nathan collapsed and was taken to the hospital. When we mourn the loss of one of ourselves, we are shocked and grieved.
Especially in this situation, it is always difficult to deal with the loss of life.
UNLV is investing all available resources to identify incidents and determine how to make such off-campus events as secure as possible.
We would like to express our deepest sympathies to our family, friends and patronage. I don’t think they can express their sadness or emptiness in words. They are in our minds during this very difficult time. The rebel community shares their losses.
Take care of your body,
Keith Whitfield, UNLV Chairman
I have GoFundMe An account set up to support family medical and funeral expenses.
A candlelight vigil will be held on Saturday, November 27th to celebrate the memory of Nathan Valencia.
More details on vigilance are listed below.