LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 20-year-old UNLV student has died several days after collapsing and being hospitalized shortly after participating in a Nov. 19 charity boxing match.
Nathan Tyler Valencia's death Tuesday was announced Friday on Twitter by the university. “Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends, and loved ones. They are in our thoughts during this very difficult time."
Valencia's family issued a statement through the Richard Harris Law Firm saying they were heartbroken and planned “a full investigation."
Family members said Valencia suffered brain injuries, KLAS-TV reported.
UNLV President Keith Whitfield said in a statement that the university planned “to review the incident and determine how off-campus events like these can be as safe as possible.”
The event took place off campus at the Sahara Event Center but the amateur event was promoted by UNLV’s Kappa Sigma Fraternity and a weigh-in of boxers occurred on campus two days before the event.
Sahara Event Center spokesman Dan Corsatea extended condolences to Valencia's family and the university community but said he couldn't comment further “as there is a full investigation ongoing at this time.”
Mitchell Wilson, Kappa Sigma’s national executive director, also expressed sadness and extended condolences.