Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-11-26 22:17:14 –
Las Vegas (KLAS) — The UNLV class president has made his first comment on Nathan Valencia, a UNLV student who died after fighting a fraternity boxing match. Team I first reported on Valencia’s death on Thursday.
On Friday afternoon, UNLV President Terry Whitfield shared the following email message with 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
In Whitfield’s email, he mentioned the fraternity boxing match as an off-campus event.
However, I-Team found a social media post stating that weighing was done on campus a few days before the event.
Valencia’s family is currently asking what precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of participants in fraternity boxing events aimed at charity events.
According to Nick Lasso, a lawyer for the Valencia family, there was no medical assistance. Lasso also claims that there was no professional referee.
Valencia is a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the event was hosted by Kappa Sigma.
The 20-year-old boy attended the event on November 19th and collapsed shortly after the match. Four days later, Valencia was declared dead
Four days later, Valencia was declared dead.
His family says he was suffering from a brain injury that he couldn’t recover from.
Valencia would have been 21 on November 27th.
Instead, his family is now planning vigilance that day to honor his memory.