Sunday, March 08, 2009

Phi Psi Found Dead at Arizona

UA student who was found dead is ID'd
By Rob O'Dell

The University of Arizona fraternity member found dead at his fraternity house Friday afternoon was Andrew J. Segal, a 19-year-old sophomore, university officials said Saturday.

Segal was a member of Phi Kappa Psi, and was a theater production major in the UA's college of fine arts, UA spokesman Johnny Cruz said Saturday.

Cruz did not know Segal's hometown, although a page on the social networking Web site Facebook said he was from the San Jose, Calif. area.

The cause of Segal's death is still unknown, said Sgt. Juan Alvarez, a UA Police Department spokesman.

Alvarez said UA police do not know the cause or the time of death and won't until an autopsy is completed.

Segal graduated from Monta Vista High School in the Bay Area in 2007 before moving to Tucson to attend the UA, according to information on his Facebook page.

His friends set up a separate Facebook page in his memory and many lauded Segal as a good friend and a talented actor with a big smile, a kind heart and a keen sense of humor.

High school and college friends posted stories and memories, and many asked each other what had happened to their friend.

One parent recalled watching Segal perform in many plays with her son while they were in the drama program at his high school.

His friends and family are to hold a memorial service today in Tucson, followed by a funeral Friday in California.

Tucson police responded to the fraternity house at 1011 N. Tyndall Ave. at about 2 p.m. after receiving a medical call.

When police arrived, they found a man dead.

Once Tucson police determined that Phi Kappa Psi was a fraternity recognized by the university, Alvarez said Tucson police turned the case over to the university police.

Alvarez said police are still trying to determine what happened. He said he had no other information to release.

Shawn Collinsworth, the fraternity's national executive director, said the chapter is working with police and campus officials and he didn't know if the fraternity was having a party or a social function.

Collinsworth said Saturday that UA counseling personnel have met with some fraternity brothers to find out how they can help them through the grieving process.

Members of the fraternity declined comment Saturday and family members could not be reached for comment.

Star reporter Jamar Younger contributed to this report. www.azstarnet.com/metro/283384