Justin King’s mother filed a lawsuit against the fraternity and sorority alleged to be connected to his death. A Bloomsburg University freshman at the time, King died in Sept. 2019 after attending a fraternity rush party, which allegedly supplied him with copious amounts of alcohol. He later fell down an embankment, resulting in his death at 18 years old. His body was found the next morning.

As reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the suit states: “The defendants negligently and/or recklessly coerced, encouraged or otherwise caused unauthorized Bloomsburg University pledges, including freshman Justin King to consume life-threatening amounts of alcohol.”

Kappa Sigma fraternity and Alpha Sigma Tau sorority are defendants in the case. The university revoked both organizations’ recognition in 2019. Thirty-six members of these organizations are also named in the suit.