Hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas fraternity, Kappa Sigma, the match was part of an annual charity event. Named, Fight Night, the event included students from other fraternities and sororities at the university. Nathan Valencia, who died from brain injuries suffered at the Nov. 19 event, was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
While acknowledging that the event wasn’t a hazing, Valencia’s family and their lawyers announced they would investigate how the fraternity boxing event turned deadly for the college junior. Valencia had no prior boxing experience before participating in the boxing match.
Video footage of the event showed Valencia in red headgear as he received blows to the chest and head. The kinesiology major collapsed five minutes after the match ended and emergency personnel arrived over 10 minutes later. Valencia was pronounced brain dead on Nov. 23 prior to his death.
The Clark County Coroner’s office has ruled Valencia’s death a homicide. However, Nevada law defines homicide as death at the hands of another but does not mean a crime was committed. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said on Monday that it had investigated the licensing of the charity boxing event and determined that no criminality was involved in Valencia’s death.