Rutgers Student Dies After Frat Party

By: Anastasia Groce

Rutgers University sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs, 19, was pronounced dead early Sunday morning after attending a party on College Avenue.

Kovacs had been attending a social event at the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity house when her friends noticed she was in distress and took her to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at around 3 a.m. Kovacs was pronounced dead shortly after, according to the press release.

“We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Caitlyn Kovacs, a sophomore at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, majoring in animal sciences.” Robert Barchi, president of Rutgers University, said in a statement to the Rutgers community. “ Her passing over the weekend is a tragic loss to her family, her friends, and the entire Rutgers community.”

According to Middlesex County officials, the death may be alcohol-related, but will not be determined until an autopsy is completed by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office.

No criminal charges have been filed and the investigation is still active and continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lt. Paul Fischer of the Rutgers University Police Department at 848-932-8025, Detective Ken Abode of the New Brunswick Police Department at 732-745-5217, or Detective Jeffrey Temple of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-3373.

Editor’s note: The story was originally reported and completed Sept. 23, but was not posted until Nov. 6. The post has been backdated.