WSU was aware of hazing problems on Greek Row before freshman's death, parents allege

The parents of Sam Martinez say WSU missed multiple opportunities to stop the hazing culture on Greek row before their son died in a hazing incident.

PULLMAN, Wash. — The parents of a Washington State University (WSU) freshman from Bellevue who died after a fraternity party in 2019 say the university’s negligence played a role in their son’s death.

A Pullman police investigation, as well as a WSU investigation, found the events leading up to 19-year-old Sam Martinez’s death constituted “illegal hazing.”

Parents Hector Martinez and Jolayne Houtz said university officials missed multiple opportunities to curb a culture of hazing at WSU, and that

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