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University of Nevada Las Vegas student dies after Fight Night fraternity

A student at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas died last week following an amateur fraternity boxing match, according to a university statement.

Friends and family mourn Nathan Tyler Valencia, 20, who passed away on November 23 – four days after participating in the Kappa Sigma fraternity’s “Fight Night” on November 19.

According to social media flyers posted by the Kappa Sigma Chapter of UNLV, the off-campus event was to raise funds for Center Ring Boxing in Las Vegas. Valencia has been listed as one of the fighters participating in the night’s “Main Event”.

Nick Lasso and Ryan Zimmer, lawyers for the Valencia family, told USA TODAY that Valencia had no previous boxing experience.

In a letter to the campus community on Friday, UNLV President Keith Whitfield wrote that Valencia collapsed shortly after his fight and was taken to hospital, where he later died , according to Lasso and Zimmer.

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