Orange County Criminal Defense

UC Irvine Fraternity Death

In a 911 recording a caller tells a dispatcher over the weekend that 18-year-old UC Irvine student Noah Domingo who had died “drank too much” and then fell asleep.  Domingo was later pronounced dead at an off-campus, private home in Irvine on Saturday, January 12th.  The student’s fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, was promptly suspended by the university, which along with the Irvine police, has not provided any details yet about how the freshman died.

On Wednesday, January 16th,the Southern California News Group obtained a copy of the 911 call that was placed at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.  The call lasts about seven-and-a-half minutes, with much of it covering the time a dispatcher is instructing the male caller on how to perform CPR.  The caller begins by asking for an ambulance.  “Someone’s not breathing.  They’re not okay,” he says to the dispatcher.  The callr says the young man’s body is blue and he is unconscious.  When the dispatcher asks, “Why is he unconcious?”, the caller responds that he went to sleep at “maybe like 11 o’clock,” referring to Friday night.  A second person apparently helped do chest compressions before firefighters arrived.

Irvine Police stated that they were not called to the unresponsive teen until 9:42 a.m. Saturday morning, but the Orange County coroner ruled his death at being hours earlier, at about 3:30 a.m.  According to the email sent by UCI officials to the campus community after the death, they would be “working with the Greek community to help ensure that they are engaging in behaviors and practices that are in alignment with university policies and their own values.”

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