The most recent article on Delta Chi from the Richmond Times Dispatch is heartbreaking. The article is featured in this Sunday's paper as well as linked here for you to read.
It solidifies and highlights the imminent need for change in Greek Culture. Our hope is not to eliminate Greek Life, our hope is to enhance it and eliminate hazing, sexual assaults, abuse, and other destructive behaviors within some of the organizations. This is not a local issue, it's a global issue and we need everyone's support in the movement to create permanent change. We couldn't save Adam and we can't bring him back, but we can help make changes for future generations of students in an attempt to keep this from happening to any other kids and their families. And that's what we are setting out to do... Stay tuned for more actions being taken against hazing.
On behalf of our family, we are grateful for the thorough work completed on the part of the medical examiner's office in identifying ethanol toxicity, or alcohol poisoning, as Adam's cause of death. At this time, receiving the results feels similar to ripping a band aid off an open wound. We are all mourning his loss again as if it just happened yesterday. Even though the results are unsurprising, it does not make it any easier to hear. However, we now have the scientific evidence needed to confirm his death was caused by hazing, specifically the excessive amounts of alcohol the fraternity supplied and pressured him to drink that night at the Delta Chi Big/Little event. The investigation is ongoing and as to not intrude or disrupt the work, we will not be divulging any further details at this time. We ask that you not forget that Adam was a 19 year old kid looking for acceptance and friends. He had an amazing heart, a kind spirit, and the absolute best bear hug. He had a bright future ahead with dreams of his own. Those dreams will never be fulfilled because of one night, one group of boys, and one fraternity tradition—but also because of a Greek system that regularly used hazing to control and coerce teenagers, endangering them, and in too many cases, ending in their death. Please educate, hug, and love your children. #seekthetruth #justiceforadamo