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Coroner waiting on toxicology results in NIU student's death

Published: Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT
(Kyle Bursaw – kbursaw@shawmedia.com)
DeKalb police vehicles sit outside the Pi Kappa Alpha house at 1020 W. Hillcrest Drive in DeKalb where police were investigating the death of NIU freshman David Bogenberger on Friday.

DeKALB – Authorities are waiting for toxicology results after an autopsy on the 19-year-old found dead in a fraternity house did not reveal anything unusual, DeKalb County Coroner Dennis Miller said.

David R. Bogenberger, a freshman at Northern Illinois University and a 2012 Palatine High School graduate, was found unresponsive in a bunk bed Friday morning at the Pi Kappa Alpha house, 1020 W. Hillcrest Drive in DeKalb. DeKalb police responded to a call at 10:14 a.m. Friday, and Bogenberger was pronounced dead at the fraternity house about 30 minutes later, authorities said.

DeKalb police said they found evidence of alcohol use near Bogenberger, who had been among several people invited Thursday to the fraternity house. They wanted to interview more than 20 people who had been at the fraternity house around that time and review autopsy results before determining what caused Bogenberger's death, DeKalb police Lt. Jason Leverton said.

Authorities did not suspect foul play or suicide.

Toxicology samples will be sent Monday, with results expected in 10 to 14 days, Miller said. A forensic pathologist performed the autopsy Saturday.

“Everything else was fine,” Miller said.

Bogenberger's father, Gary, said Friday afternoon that his family was in shock and had many questions about his death.

“I am so surprised at the number of comments and well-wishes on his Facebook page from so many of his friends,” Gary Bogenberger wrote in an email to the Daily Chronicle. “He was such a nice kid that everyone liked. I just video-chatted with him Wednesday night, and he seemed so happy, doing great in his classes and looking so forward to life. It’s tragic that he died alone.”

NIU President John Peters issued a statement Friday evening after administrators met with student organizations, fraternity and sorority leaders. University administrators encouraged students to seek emotional support through the NIU Counseling and Student Development Center and to make safe decisions surrounding alcohol use.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with David’s family and friends as they cope with this difficult loss," Peters said in his statement. "Please know that your grief is shared collectively by the NIU community."

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