Friday, April 22, 2011

Police in UNC Fraternity Death Following Alcohol Trail

Greeley police: Charges likely in death of UNC student who jumped from balcony
Staff reports

Greeley police said Thursday they are likely to file charges next week in connection with the death of 19-year-old Ross Higuchi, the student who jumped from the balcony of a fraternity house last week and later died from head injuries.

Greeley detectives are trying to track the alcohol that was brought to the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house, 11th Avenue and 16th Street last Friday night. Early Saturday morning, police said Higuchi was drunk when he argued with others at the party about some damage he had done, then he leaped from the second-story balcony.

The Weld County Coroner’s Office said this week the autopsy of Higuchi showed he had massive head injuries from the fall.

Greeley police spokesman Sgt. Joe Tymkowych said police will likely file charges against someone next week, after they consult with the Weld District Attorney’s Office about what charges will be brought.

The University of Northern Colorado students had a candlelight vigil for Higuchi, signs and flowers cover the front porch of the fraternity house, and some sorority members were out on campus with signs Thursday afternoon, which said “Honk for Ross.”

On the Team Higuchi Facebook page, the family said this week that the funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 9203 S. University Blvd., in Highlands Ranch.

Higuchi grew up in the Denver area and attended Smoky Hill High School. He was a freshman at UNC, majoring in sport and exercise science, and was initiated into Delta Tau Delta fraternity last fall.

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