Update on SUNY Geneseo student death

Updated: 05/06/2014 9:24 PM
Created: 05/06/2014 12:06 PM WHEC.com
By: Jennifer Mobilia

News10NBC is learning new information involving the death of a Victor native and SUNY Geneseo student. Alex Davis was found dead inside his fraternity house over the weekend. He was a 20-year-old sophomore and a lacrosse player.

Police are calling Davis’s death suspicious because he was alone. They say there were no obvious signs of foul play and he didn’t appear to have any needle marks. They say he also didn’t have any drugs on him.

News10NBC spoke with neighbors who say just because he belonged to a fraternity; it doesn’t make him a bad person.

Casey Haines, former neighbor, said, “Just a good honest, loving, Christian kid.”

Davis’s body was found Sunday in the Phi Sigma Xi fraternity house where he was a member.  The “Figs”, as they’re known on campus, have a reputation with the police. Police say they have responded to the house for noise complaints, underage drinking and possible drug use. 

In 2011, eight members were arrested in a drug bust. Investigators say they found cocaine, marijuana and a gun. 

Police say they did not find any drugs on Davis. His friends and neighbors say that’s not him.

Mark Shaver, neighbor, said, “We've never seen the stuff we're hearing about on TV. To the contrary, he's always been an uplifting presence in the neighborhood and everybody here loved him.”

News10NBC went to Davis’s house earlier Tuesday and spoke with his parents. They didn’t want to go on camera, but said the image of the fraternity house does not accurately reflect who their son was. They later released a statement saying, “ 

At this time, police are not releasing any additional information. The medical examiner's office is not releasing any other information either.

On Tuesday, the Davis family released a statement saying, "We also appreciate the outpouring of love from the Victor community, our family and friends. Alex lived his life to the fullest, and reminded us every day to do the same. He was a caring young man, not just at home but in the community. He showed this by volunteering in his church and with the Special Olympics. At Victor High School, Alex challenged himself athletically and academically every day. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Boys State and International Model UN.  He was on the varsity wrestling, lacrosse and football teams, and served as the wrestling captain his senior year. Alex competed on the SUNY Geneseo lacrosse team where he was a biomedical major, with hopes of becoming a physician. He also loved golf and thoroughly enjoyed the many rounds of golf that he played with his father, his grandfather, his brother, his uncles and friends. He outdrove them all! Despite all of these achievements, his largest accomplishment was being a loving and caring part of our family, and a loyal friend to his peers. We will remember him for his kind and loving spirit and his sense of humor."

Calling hours for Davis will be held on Wednesday, May 7 and Thursday, May 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lucey-VanVoorhis Funeral Home in Victor. His funeral mass will be held on Friday at St. Patrick’s Church in Victor.

Phi Sigma Xi released a statement saying, "First and foremost, the brothers of Phi Sigma Xi extend our deepest condolences to Alex’s immediate family, his parents and older brother. In welcoming him to our brotherhood, Alex became part of our extended family. We are deeply saddened by the loss of a special brother. Alex Davis will always hold a place in the hearts of the brothers of Phi Sig. We pledge our full cooperation with the authorities, as they investigate the circumstances of Alex’s untimely passing."

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