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Family Spreads Awareness, Creates Scholarship One Year After Son’s Death

Posted at 5:47 AM, Apr 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-30 07:55:27-04

CALLOWAY COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– A year after their son’s and brother’s death, a family is speaking out about the dangers of binge drinking and alcohol poisoning.

19-year-old Zach Wardrip was visiting a friend at Murray State University nearly a year ago, but he never returned home.

A source says Wardrip went to a party at Pi Kappa Alpha on April 28 and was found dead the next morning at Lambda Chi Alpha.

The Murray Ledger Times acquired a police report that lists his cause of death as ethanol intoxication.

They say police could not determine who would be criminally liable for Wardrip’s death

The family’s attorney says they will likely be seeking civil action for his death.

The family is now speaking out about the dangers of binge drinking and alcohol poisoning through the Zach Wardrip Foundation.

Through this, the family plans to award a scholarship to a high school graduate pursuing a vocational or technical degree.

All donations can be made at an account at Fifth Third Bank.

Zach’s foundation comes just in time for Alcohol Awareness Month and is a cause that resonates with many college campuses.