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UNC fraternity mourning 'tragic' death of brother

Posted June 21, 2014
Updated June 22, 2014

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— A fraternity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is mourning the loss of a member who died Thursday.

The college’s Interfraternity Council released a statement Friday sending out thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Harris Pharr, a 21-year-old biomedical engineering student from Raleigh.

Pharr, a member of the Class of 2015, was a brother of the Alpha-Alpha Chapter of Chi Phi fraternity.

It’s unclear how he died. Chapel Hill police would not release any information, and IFC President Kenan Drum declined to comment in a statement to UNC’s student newspaper, “The Daily Tar Heel.”

"At this time, out of respect for his family, we decline to comment on any circumstances surrounding his tragic death,” Drum said.

Pharr's death is not the first for the Alpha-Alpha Chapter of Chi Phi. In October 2012,18-year-old David Shannon died after climbing machinery at a concrete plant in Carborro and falling about 40 feet.

Police in January said they will not close the case until they can prove whether the 18-year-old was alone when he fell to his death.



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  • ohbumr Jun 23, 2014

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    even more tragic than that is the fact that nobody can do or say anything these days without someone deucing all over it. the kid is dead, what does it matter?

  • UpChuck Jun 23, 2014

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    Sorry you had such a bad experience.

  • Fourtyseven Cole Jun 23, 2014
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    i was in a fraternity. That is in fact how it works.

  • glarg Jun 23, 2014

    Why is WRAL doubting that the death of a 21 year old is in fact tragic?

  • UpChuck Jun 23, 2014

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    That's sad that you were never in a fraternity and now think you know how it all works.

  • Chip Dipson Jun 23, 2014
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    The fact that the same fraternity is involved in an ongoing death investigation makes this news, even if there isn't much to report.

  • mittnfriends Jun 23, 2014

    What's really tragic is these kids pay to have friends.

  • Ijaz Fahted Jun 23, 2014
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    I'm with you. Rather confusing. Really not really much point in writing an article to nowhere.

  • John Ragan Jun 23, 2014
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    I read this article Sunday..twice and tried to make sense of it. Is it an obituary or what. If it's an attempt by someone at WRAL, try again with some real facts