LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The National Headquarters of Alpha Tau Omega has revoked the charter of the University of Kentucky’s chapter of the fraternity following an alleged DUI crash that resulted in the death of a 4-year-old.
Jacob Heil, 18, was a pledge for ATO on the campus. Students have told LEX 18 that Heil was supposed to be a “sober driver” for the game, but he admitted to drinking prior to the crash that fatally injured 4-year-old Marco Shemwell.
UK had previously suspended the fraternity in the aftermath.
Following Heil’s court hearing the fraternity decided to revoke the charter completely.
“Following an investigation conducted by the National Fraternity Alpha Tau Omega has
revoked the charter of the University of Kentucky Mu Iota chapter. Violations of the Fraternity’s
Health and Safety policy prompted the decision. The chapter is closed and ATO
no longer has a presence on campus,” reads a statement from the national organization.
UK says that students will not have to move out of the house immediately.
— Conor McCue (@Conor_WLEX) September 19, 2018