Washington State University mourns the loss of Sam Martinez, who Pullman Police have identified as the 19-year-old student who died yesterday at the Alpha Tau Omega house, an off-campus fraternity.

The Martinez family has requested that the University issue the following statement on their behalf:

On November 12, 2019, we lost our beautiful son and brother, Sam Martinez.

We want you to know and remember some things about Sam – his amazing athleticism, the way his eyes crinkled when he smiled, his sharp mind, his sense of humor, and his steadfast loyalty to his family and friends.

Sam was a beautiful spark of light, a comet that came and went through our lives too quickly. We are overcome with grief. And we are so grateful for your prayers and well wishes through this unbearable loss.

The Martinez Family