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UC Riverside Student Death Raises Suspicions

The death of a 20-year-old UC Riverside student who collapsed at a fraternity outing this weekend is raising suspicions. Tyler Hilliard’s family says that prior to his death, he experienced hazing as part of his pledge to the African-American fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha.

Around 9 p.m. on Saturday Hillard was with members of the fraternity at Mt. Rubidoux, which is a popular hiking spot in the city.

Hilliard complained he was feeling short of breath and then collapsed as the group planned to go for a run. The fraternity’s pledge master called 911, his mother Kimble-Hilliard told the Los Angeles Times.

“She said she took Hilliard to the emergency room several weeks ago after he complained of chest pain that he said came on after he ate the onion. He was prescribed medication for heartburn and tests at the hospital did not turn up anything unusual,” (Los Angeles Times).

She also revealed that Hilliard drank large amounts of water and was paddled with a piece of cactus during the pledging process. His death has been ruled as suspicious.

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