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UPDATED: NIU Freshman From Palatine Found Dead

David R. Bogenberger, 19, who was a 2012 Palatine High School graduate, was found dead in his off campus fraternity house early this morning. The Northern Illinois University posted a statement on their website and have offered counseling to those affec

Palatine native David R. Bogenberger, 19, was pronounced dead on Friday, November 2 after being found unresponsive in his off-campus fraternity house at Northern Illinois University, according to DeKalb police.

An emergency call came in at 10:14 a.m. stating Bogenberger was found unresponsive at the Pi Kappy Alpha fraternity.

DeKalb Fire Department paramedics were unable to resuscitate him, and he was pronounced dead by the DeKalb County Coroner at 10:45 a.m. 

Northern Illinois University posted a statement on their website Friday from from NIU President John G. Peters, addressing the loss of Bogenberger: 

Our thoughts and prayers are with David’s family and friends as they cope with this difficult loss. Please know that your grief is shared collectively by the NIU community.

Meetings have been held during the day with student leaders and student organizations, and the NIU Counseling and Student Development Center is providing support services to friends, acquaintances and others who may be affected by David’s passing.

An autopsy is planned for today, according to DeKalb police.

Sgt. Jim McDougall said there were no suspicious circumstances that would point to foul play in Bogenberger's death, and toxicology tests are pending and the results could take weeks. 

Bogenberger was a 2012 graduate of Palatine High School, but his family had recently moved to Florida. He is survived by his father Gary L. and mother Ruth A. Bogenberger, by his older brother Matthew, triplet sister and brother Megan and Alex, and younger sister Amy. 

The DeKalb Police Department continues in conjunction with the DeKalb County Coroner’s Office and Northern Illinois University.


Frank Reiss November 03, 2012 at 12:31 AM
My prayers to David,so his spirit rises to go home. Also my prayers to the family, love ones and friends God Bless
J Fuller November 03, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dolinsky family
Winnetka November 04, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Losing a child...there could be nothing worse. May God Bless him and his family.
Former NIU November 05, 2012 at 05:16 PM
This story does not do the situation justice. It is stated that there was no foul play in this death, perhaps you should look into the practice of "Mom's night" which is exactly what was happening the night before this student was tragically discovered. As a former student and Greek Community member I know first hand that "Mom's night" and "Dad's night" is a common practice among 50% or less of the Greek Community at NIU. Organizations that don't participate in this act of Hazing are usually scrutinized for not doing so and internal members or organizations that try to do away with the practice meet opposition and are usually removed from office by their own members. I should also mention that Melissa Williams, Associate Director for Student Involvement and Leadership Development, has documentation that these events occur and looks the other way, check the paper trail.

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