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Father blames UCLA fraternity for son’s death

November 8, 2011 |  3:03 pm

Glen Parrish
The father of an 18-year-old man who died at a UCLA fraternity house after a night of partying accused the school's Theta Chi fraternity of negligence Tuesday.

Glen Berlin Parrish was pronounced dead Saturday afternoon after a night of drinking and possibly taking prescription medications.

"They found my son hunched over, in the back, and no one had the … decency to call the paramedics," his father, Glen Parrish Sr., told The Times. "They just put him in a bed to die."

"The negligence of the fraternity to not at least have someone walking around checking on people at night is beyond me," he said.

The Theta Chi fraternity's executive director, Michael Mayer, said that pending results of the investigation, the fraternity can neither confirm nor deny the presence of drugs and alcohol at the UCLA chapter that night.

A statement released Monday said the fraternity was "very saddened to learn of the death of Glen Parrish Jr." and sent its condolences to the family.

Parrish was not a UCLA student and was not a member of the fraternity.

Police responded to a call from the 600 block of Gayley Avenue, near the UCLA campus entrance, about 2 p.m. Saturday and pronounced Parrish dead at the scene.

Authorities determined there was no foul play in the death, said Ed Winter with the L.A. County coroner's office. Toxicology results could take up to eight weeks to complete.

Parrish's father said that his son "was really looking forward to" the party at the fraternity house on Friday.

By the evening, Parrish said eyewitnesses had told him that his son was incoherent in the back of a basketball court and had to be carried to a mattress by a friend. He was last seen alive about 4 a.m., Parrish said.

UCLA spokesman Phil Hampton said Monday that the school was cooperating with the LAPD's investigation and made counselors available over the weekend.

The younger Parrish had moved to Manhattan Beach from Arizona about a year ago and was excited about going to community college in January, his father said.

"He's a funny, outgoing, wonderful, amazing kid," Parrish Sr. said.


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Photo: Glen Parrish, right,with his sister. Credit: Courtesy of Glen Parrish Sr.