UNLPD investigating death of 20-year-old fraternity member

Initial reports show the student likely died of asphyxiation.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Nebraska-Lincoln(Jared Austin)
Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 12:31 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2020 at 4:47 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - University of Nebraska-Lincoln's police department is investigating the death of 20-year-old UNL student Luke Weiland.

Weiland was found deceased in the room of his Delta Tau Delta fraternity house by friends Friday afternoon.

The friends said they hadn’t seen or heard from Weiland since 10 p.m. the night before and became worried, which is why they checked his room.

Lincoln Fire and Rescue attempted CPR but Backer said he had been deceased for too long for it to be effective.

The initial cause of death is believed to be asphyxiation. Backer said it appears Weiland choked on his vomit.

At this time, it's unknown whether or not drugs or alcohol were involved. No alcohol was located in the room.

Backer said the last time his friends saw Weiland he seemed normal.

Backer said the investigation is ongoing and they are hoping to speak with anyone who had contact with Weiland in the days and hours before his death.

The fraternity won’t comment specifically on the member’s death, but released the following statement.

Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity is aware of the passing of a student member in the facility on campus at the University of Nebraska. Chapter members are saddened to learn of his tragic passing and are working with the university administration and the Lincoln Police Department to understand the circumstances around his death. As this is an ongoing investigation, the Fraternity prefers to refrain from further comment and will await further direction from the university and civil authorities.

Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity

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