UK Freshman, Fraternity Suspended After DUI-Related Death Of Four-Year-Old Boy

Sep 18, 2018


A University of Kentucky freshman and the fraternity he was pledging have been suspended following a fatal car-pedestrian crash last weekend.  That information was released Tuesday in a campus-wide email by UK President Eli Capilouto.

Jacob Heil, 18, faces a driving-under-the-influence charge.  Four-year-old Marco Lee Shemwell was struck while he and his family waited to cross Cooper Avenue last Saturday.  The boy later died from his injuries.

Capilouto said Heil is suspended from UK, pending the outcome of investigations by police and the Office of Student Conduct.  Alpha Tau Omega fraternity has been suspended on an interim basis, pending these same investigations.  All fraternity activities must cease immediately and a university employee has moved into the house to serve as a resident director.

UK Provost David Blackwell met earlier this week with leadership of all four UK Greek Life organizations as well as leaders of individual chapters and Student Government Association President Michael Hamilton.  The group discussed UK's policies on alcohol, hazing, and  parties.​