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UNC fraternity mourning 'tragic' death of brother

Posted June 21, 2014 9:17 a.m. EDT
Updated June 22, 2014 7:52 a.m. EDT

Old Well, landmark at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

— 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.