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UNLV offers student’s family $150K after deadly boxing match

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — UNLV has supplied the family of a pupil who died in a fraternity boxing match a $150,000 settlement, in response to paperwork obtained by the 8 News Now I-Team. A lawyer for the family advised the I-Team the family is declining the supply.

Nathan Valencia collapsed after his match for charity on Nov. 19, 2021, and died 4 days later from head accidents. 

In February, Valencia’s mother and father filed a lawsuit in opposition to UNLV, the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education, the Kappa Sigma Fraternity which held the occasion, the Sahara Event Center the place the occasion occurred, and Christopher Eisenhauer who participated as a referee and not using a referee license. The lawsuit alleges negligence and wrongful loss of life, and states that Nathan Valencia suffered  “intense physical and mental pain, disfigurement, shock, and agony” previous to his loss of life on Nov. 23, 2021.

Attorney Benjamin Cloward of the Richard Harris Law Firm supplied the next assertion to the I-Team concerning UNLV’s supply:

“Actions speak louder than words. UNLV has not taken any significant steps to ensure that something like this never happens to another student and instead has chosen to try and sweep what happened to Nathan under the rug. The offer made by UNLV speaks loudly as to UNLV’s true concern for the Valencia family, Nathan’s memory and future student safety. We sincerely hope that at some point UNLV will begin to take this matter seriously.”

Nathan Valencia died 4 days after participating in a charity boxing match.

The I-Team first uncovered how there was an absence of oversight within the planning and execution of the occasion.  Video first obtained by the I-Team confirmed the unlicensed referee ingesting what seems to be alcohol on the occasion.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission acknowledged that it didn’t have jurisdiction over the occasion as a result of faculty and college matches had been exempt, per state legislation.  In December, commissioners put in place an emergency regulation referred to as “Nathan’s Law” aimed toward closing that loophole.

The Nevada Attorney General’s office investigated circumstances surrounding Valencia’s loss of life and concluded that quite a few protocols weren’t adopted to maintain the occasion secure for contributors.

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