NIU Student's Death May Be Alcohol-Related

Nov 2, 2012

Alcohol may be behind the death of a Northern Illinois University freshman. 19-year-old David Bogenberger was found unresponsive in a bed at a fraternity house this morning. He was pronounced dead half an hour later.

DeKalb County Coroner Dennis Miller says there were no signs of trauma or foul play. Miller says there were indications at the scene that alcohol may have played a role.

Bogenberger, a 2012 graduate of Palatine High School, lived on campus, not at the Pi Kappa Alpha house where he was found. However, his Facebook page shows him carrying a banner for the fraternity known as “Pike.” Bogenberger was studying business at NIU. His parents, who live in Florida, have been notified of his death. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday.

NIU has counselors available for friends and others affected by Bogenberger’s death. According to the campus newspaper, The Northern Star, a vigil will be held to honor Bogenberger Wednesday at 4:00 in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium at NIU.