News in Brief: The week of Nov. 18


Newark police investigating homicide in KFC restaurant near campus

Newark Delaware Police Patch

Newark police are currently investigating a homicide, which occurred at approximately 6:13 p.m. Thursday in a KFC parking lot in Newark. The restaurant is located at 1365 Marrows Road behind the College Square shopping center.

Upon arriving at the scene, responding officers found a 20-year-old victim with multiple gunshot wounds, according to a police report. The victim was treated at the scene and then taken to Christiana Hospital by New Castle County paramedics. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Newark police detectives are currently searching for the suspects. They were seen fleeing the scene in a light-colored SUV and a four-door sedan, according to a police report.

The investigation is still ongoing, said Lt. Mark Farrall, who is acting as public information officer for the incident.

“We have not released any further details on the investigation at this time,” Farrall said.

West Virginia University suspends all Greek life
West Virginia University placed a moratorium on all fraternity and sorority related activities Thursday following a student’s death at a pledging event. The student, freshman Nolan Burch, was found unconscious when police arrived to the Kappa Sigma house on the university’s campus in Morgantown. Burch was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital where he later died.

The suspension applies to all Greek life on the university’s campus and prohibits any Greek organization from hosting social or pledging related activities until further notice. The suspension also comes in the wake of a Nov. 6 incident where pledges for a different fraternity were arrested for underage possession of alcohol and rioting in the streets. After the arrests earlier in the month, WVU President E. Gordon Gee announced a zero-tolerance policy for unruly and criminal behavior on campus in a letter to the campus community.

The decision was made by various school officials, including those in the Office of Student Activities.

“The action to halt fraternity and sorority activities while these matters are being reviewed is being done with the well-being and safety of our students in mind,” Dean of Students Corey Farris said in a statement. “That is—and must always be—our foremost priority.”

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