(Buffalo, N.Y.) – SUNY Buffalo State officials announced Feb. 19 that senior Bradley Doyley died Thursday night (Feb. 18) at Buffalo General Hospital.
Doyley, a 21-year-old Brooklyn native, business major and former Buffalo State men’s basketball team player, was set to graduate this spring.
Buffalo Police are currently investigating if an alleged fraternity hazing incident is related to his death. The Delta Epsilon chapter of the national Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity has been suspended by Buffalo State and the chapter’s national governing body.
The Buffalo News reported Feb. 22 that an autopsy done by the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office showed no signs of hazing or foul play, although toxicology results, which might not be available for week, will reveal the exact cause of death.
There are reports of allegations against the fraternity that they forced Doyley to consume contaminated water, possibly from the sewer, and moldy food.
“You have two counterpoints here,” Buffalo News veteran crime reporter Lou Michel said. “What is going to resolve it is going to take a few months (with) the toxicology test results. Did he, in fact, drink some micro-organism that infected his body?”
According to Michel and his sources, Doyley’s family has hired a former FBI investigator and will likely move forward with a civil lawsuit.
Many students came together Feb. 21 to hold a candlelight vigil in the Campbell Student Union Quad to confide in each other and remember and honor Doyley.
“Doyley was not just another person on campus, he was very popular among the students and his friends. He was very involved,” said David DeLuca, executive editor of The Record, Buffalo State’s student newspaper.
“Everyone that came in contact with Bradley Doyley has great things to say about him, that’s why the situation on campus has been magnified,” said DeLuca.
A memorial service was held Feb. 24 in Buffalo State’s Houston Gym to honor Doyley.
“As you saw at the memorial service, there were a lot of people there,” DeLuca said. “There were coaches, players, classmates, people that have been in organizations with him that are deeply, deeply saddened by what has happened.”
Many reacted to Doyley’s death on Twitter, with many tweeting #ForeverBrad.
Doyley played basketball for two and half seasons for the Bengals, including starting four games in 2014-15 before leaving the team. His best season came as a sophomore in 2013-14 when he played in all 25 games (21 starts), averaging 8.7 points-per-game and 4.8 assists-per-game. He also hit a memorable 70-foot, three-quarter court shot at the halftime buzzer against Cortland which was nominated for GEICO’s college basketball Play of the Year.
“He was a valued member of the Bengals men’s basketball team during his first two-and-a-half years on campus and was well regarded by his peers, professors, and former coaches,” Buffalo State President Katherine Conway-Turner said in a statement. “His loss will undoubtedly be felt throughout our community. My heart goes out to his cherished family and friends.”