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Fraternity Leader Flies to LA to Discuss CSUN Student Death

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California State University Northridge leaders met with the President of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity to discuss the sudden death of 19-year-old Armando Villa. 

President and CEO of Pi Kappa Phi Mark Timmes flew in from Charlotte, North Carolina meet with the CSUN's Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. William Watkins Thursday.

Both sides are saying they have a no hazing policy. While Armando's family says they want answers.

His Aunt Maria Castaneda says she  doesn't want his death to be in vain. 

"Our life just stopped.  It stopped, there's nothing we can do.  We just wake up crying hoping to wake up from this nightmare, hoping to see him and it's never going to happen for us again," Castaneda said. 

She says they believe their may have been hazing during the hiking trip.  She says the family will fight for the truth. 

"This is not going to stop. until justice is served.  This family's going to keep fighting for truth for answers for justice," Castenada said.

Authorities say Villa, who just finished his freshman year at CSUN died from heat stroke on a fraternity-sponsored hike in Angeles National Forest, about a mile north of Vogel Flat Tuesday, July 1st.

Maria say he was found barefoot and his feet were blistered.

CSUN's Director of Media Relations Carmen Ramos Chandler says the university has taken action against Pi Kappa Phi suspending their activities.

"They can not do anything as a recognized fraternity on this campus.

They can't hold party activity," Chandler said.

A Pi Kappa Phi's spokesperson tells FOX11 three student members and five associate members or "pledges" including Villa were on that hiking trip. 

Pi Kappa Phi President Mark Timmes released a statement saying hazing has no place in their fraternity. 

“Should the student chapter or individual members be found in violation of Pi Kappa Phi’s standards of conduct through our discipline process, they will be held accountable by the national fraternity," Timmes said.

"I know boys are appointed a big brother and his big brother hasn't reached out to the family. It's a brotherhood. Thats what you do, If there's nothing to hide you should be here," Castaneda said.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is still investigating the incident. 

Friends of Villa have set up the following donation pages to help pay for the funeral.

https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/dk05/armando-villa-s-funeral-memorial-fund

http://www.gofundme.com/b0hbzs

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