No foul play in death of UNC fraternity member from Raleigh

No foul play in death of UNC fraternity member from Raleigh

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No foul play is suspected in the death of a University of North Carolina student who was found dead on Thursday.

Lt. Josh Mecimore said Monday that rising senior Harris Pharr of Raleigh, who was a member of Chi Phi fraternity, was found alone in an apartment house on Pittsboro Street. Pharr attended Broughton High School.

His body has been sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Raleigh.

Pharr’s death marked the second death in two years for the Chi Phi fraternity, a well-known organization located just on the edge of campus.

Freshman David Shannon of Charlotte died in October of 2012 after falling about 40 feet off of a structure in Carrboro.

Pharr's LinkedIn profile said he was studying biomedical engineering. It listed him as rush chairman for Chi Phi – in other words, he was in charge of recruiting new pledges- and said he works as a volunteer coordinator for Habitat for Humanity's David Shannon fund.

Chi Phi was suspended in November 2013 for "alleged risk management violations including alcohol violations and inappropriate New Member activities."

On Oct. 26, 2012, Shannon, a pledge to Chi Phi, was found dead in Carrboro. Shannon's body was found by friends at the Ready Mixed Concrete Plant. Police said he fell when he tried to cross a cable stay after climbing a tower.

The state Medical Examiner's Office said Shannon's blood alcohol level was .22 at the time of this death.

A toxicology report on Pharr may not be available for several months.

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