Family of FSU student who died after frat party thanks Thrasher for actions

Letter from family of Andrew Coffey applauds decision to suspend Greek life

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor
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Florida State University student Andrew Coffey was found dead after an off-campus fraternity party in Tallahassee.

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. - The parents of a Florida State University student found dead after an off-campus fraternity party have written a letter supporting the school president's decision to suspend all Greek life and ban alcohol at all recognized student organization events.

Andrew Coffey, a 20-year-old junior from Pompano Beach, was found dead on the morning of Nov. 3 at a home where a Pi Kappa Phi party had taken place the night before.

Tallahassee police Chief Michael DeLeo said alcohol may have been a factor in Coffey's death, prompting FSU President John Thrasher to indefinitely suspend all fraternities and sororities on campus until there is a "new normal for Greek life at the university."

A letter from Tom, Sandy and Alison Coffey thanks Thrasher "for his genuine desire and dedication to find a solution to this pervasive problem."

"As our family grieves, it is our every hope that Andrew's memory never fades away and that his unnecessary passing will be the catalyst for communication and positive change in a practice that is obviously broken," the family wrote. 

The family also thanked the staff at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and the Tallahassee Police Department.

Pi Kappa Phi's national organization revoked the charter of the fraternity's chapter at FSU last week.

Coffey's cause of death hasn't yet been determined. A memorial service for Coffey is scheduled for 2 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Kraeer Funeral Home in Pompano Beach.

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