A student at the University of Nevada has died after he participated in a fraternity “Fight Night” boxing match.
Nathan Tyler Valencia passed away after taking part in an off-campus annual Fight Night.
Since his passing was announced, tributes for the 20-year-old have been pouring in.
Valencia died on November 23, just 4 days after taking part in a Fight Night, Unilad reports.
The kinesiology major took part in the fight, run by fraternity Kappa Sigma, on November 19 despite having no previous boxing experience.
In a letter to students, UNLV President Keith Whitfield addressed Valencia’s passing, describing it as a “tragic incident.”
With a “heavy heart and profound sadness,” Whitfield wrote that “Nathan Tyler Valencia has passed away following a tragic incident a week ago.”
He explained that “Nathan collapsed” soon after his fight and was taken to a hospital.
“We are shocked and heartbroken as we mourn the loss of one of our own,” he said. “Coping with the loss of life is always difficult, especially under these circumstances.”
Whitfield also offered the “deepest sympathies” to his family, friends, and loved ones.
“I am sure words cannot describe their feeling of grief and emptiness. They are in our thoughts during this very difficult time. The Rebel community shares their loss.”
As per KTNV, a statement issued by Valencia’s family through attorneys with Richard Harris Law Firm has said that they will be “completing a full investigation.”
“The Valencia family is heartbroken over the loss of Nathan. Our preliminary investigation reveals mistakes were made and safety precautions overlooked,” the statement reads. “We will be completing a full investigation to determine how UNLV and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity could allow and promote an event like this to take place.”
It also adds that “college students should not be placed in a situation where they are pitted against each other for combat.”
“We will leave no stone unturned to determine how a 20-year-old ended up in a school-sanctioned amateur fight that cost him his life.”
Investigations by the family’s attorneys will look into all aspects of the fight night including things such as the medical supervision present and the event officiating, Unilad reports.
Valencia’s official cause of death is yet to be released though the outlet reports that while in hospital he is believed to have suffered from internal bleeding.
Rest in peace, Nathan Tyler Valencia.