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Death of Buff State student under investigation for possible hazing

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Buffalo Police are investigating the death of a Buffalo State College student and allegations of an off-campus hazing. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says a Greek fraternity has been suspended.

Bradley Doyley, 21, of Brooklyn died Thursday night at Buffalo General hospital after falling ill. College President Katherine Conway-Turner issued a statement saying they are aware of the Police investigation.

"Buffalo State College is aware of and continues to support the City of Buffalo Police Department’s investigation into an allegation of hazing involving Alpha Phi Alpha and Bradley Doyley at an off-campus location. While the investigation is conducted, the campus chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha has been suspended by both the college and the fraternity’s national governing body." 

"Buffalo State takes great pride in its commitment to providing students with a civil and caring academic community. We do not and will not tolerate any student or campus organization that undermines our commitment to providing an environment for our students to flourish."

Conway-Turner stated as the investigation is ongoing she is unable to share additional information. A request for a WBFO interview was declined by the college. WBFO News has also reached out to Buffalo Police.

The statement referred to the death as a "terrible loss" and extended condolences to the student's family. Bradley was a former member of the Bengals men's basketball team and was expected to graduate this spring. Counseling is available for students, faculty and staff.   

To the Buffalo State Community:

With a heavy heart, I regret to inform you that Buffalo State College student Bradley Doyley passed away at Buffalo General Medical Center last night. He was 21 years old.

Bradley, of Brooklyn, New York, was a business major on track to graduate this spring. He was a valued member of the Bengals men’s basketball team during his first two and a half years on campus and was well regarded by his peers, professors, and former coaches. His loss will undoubtedly be felt throughout our community. My heart goes out to his cherished family and friends.

Buffalo State Counseling Center staff members are available to support and talk with students, faculty, and staff struggling with this terrible loss. Campus community members should call 878-4436 if they would like to speak with a counselor, or know of a student who would benefit from speaking with a counselor.

Please join me in keeping the Doyley family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.


Katherine S. Conway-Turner
Buffalo State College