BURLESON -- The shocking death of a Burleson college student at a fraternity Halloween party has prompted a Texas State fraternity to suspend operations.
Tuesday, the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity said that its Zeta Theta Chapter is voluntarily suspending all operations until further notice. A Texas State representative said the university it is looking into the off-campus event and fraternities involved.
Jordin Taylor, 20, was attending a Halloween party Friday night hosted by Pi Kappa Alpha and at least one other fraternity off campus at Cool River Ranch, a concert and river tubing venue near San Marcos.
Taylor's body was found the next day underneath a shuttle bus, the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Department said. The sheriff believes she was struck by the bus and dragged over 500 feet in what appears to be an accident, though there is an ongoing investigation.
"It's the worst thing I've ever seen happen to someone I care about," said Natalie Aylett, a close friend of Taylor's who was her roommate at Texas State.
Aylett and Taylor attended the party together, but Aylett said she left before the incident.
"At the end of the night, I wanted to go home earlier and she wanted to stay later," Aylett said. "I talked to her at 10:45. She was fine."
According to the sheriff's department, a few minutes after that conversation, at about 11:15 p.m., the shuttle bus lost its air brakes and was left parked where it stopped. The driver transferred to another bus.
"How she was struck by the bus, we're not exactly sure," said Guadalupe County Sheriff Arnold Zwicke, adding there was no visible damage to the front of the bus.
The department said the bus was being driven by an employee with the Sky Line Party Bus Company. The company did not respond to calls Tuesday.
Cool River Ranch released a statement saying it is fully cooperating with law enforcement on their investigation.
In Burleson, friends and family are mourning the loss of a young woman who they said could light up a room with her smile and laugh. Taylor grew up in Burleson and graduated from Centennial High School. She was majoring in respiratory health at Texas State and was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
"I got to see her grow into such an amazing person," said Aylett, who first became friends with her in sixth grade. "She's genuinely the best person that I've known in my entire life."
The Taylor family is now planning Jordin's funeral. It's the second tragedy to affect the family in just a few years, after Jordin's mother died unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm in 2012.