Vigil held for TXST student found dead at off-campus apartment
As police investigate the death of a Texas State University student, hundreds gathered on campus for a vigil in honor of Matt Ellis
The quad at Texas State on Wednesday night became a prayer vigil for the 20-year-old sophomore. Senior Ronald Silve said he would tutor Ellis at the writing center on occasion. On Tuesday, when he learned of Ellis' passing he said he broke down knowing that Ellis was such a "good guy."
"It's sad … It's sad just wasting your life," said Silva.
Ellis was found dead at an off-campus apartment complex on Monday. Police said alcohol may be a factor in his death. Many of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity members wore Astros apparel over sports coats for their pledge brother from Humble, Texas on Wednesday night.
A pledge brother who said he was best friends with Ellis, and had plans to move in with him, stood before the hundreds in attendance and thanked the gathering.
"You couldn't have a conversation with Matt or go a day without seeing Matt and not laugh with him about something," said Zach.
Many of the stories shared about the sophomore business major came with emotion, and described Ellis as a "goofy" guy who made many smile.
"If I went around and asked every single person in the circle about the time they're having a bad day and they just looked it Matt, you instantly got happy," said another fraternity brother.
Wednesday's gathering that lasted over an hour may be few and far between in the future. The university president said Tuesday all Greek life is suspended until there's a thorough review of Texas State's Greek affairs.
"It has to be a wakeup call that everyone here on campus has to take better care of each other and look out for one another," said Silva.
In a statement following Ellis's death, the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity said the Texas State chapter was suspended prior to Ellis's death. A reason for the suspension wasn't given.
The university said on Wednesday that Ellis was at a fraternity function the day before he was found dead at an off-campus apartment complex.
San Marcos Police said Wednesday that it's too early to determine if criminal charges could be filed in the investigation. An autopsy and toxicology report could take 6 to 8 weeks.