“We’re a tight-knit community. The loss hits us all hard.” Greek life hosting community event to benefit Karnezis family


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Indiana State University community is still reeling over the death of one of their own. This after a freshmen tragically died during an overnight fraternity event.

Proving the bond of brotherhood can’t be broken, a group of students are remembering a life gone too soon. “We’re a tight-knit community, and a loss like this hits us all hard,” said Justin Ottino, Chapter President of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Many are deeply saddened by the death of 18-year-old Yiorgo Karnezis. The young man who family and friends say was selfless. Now Greek life members are returning the favor.

“We’re just so close with everyone. We thought how can we help in this situation,” said Ottino.

They are putting together a haunted house, which will be open to the public on friday evening. All proceeds will benefit the Karnezis family during this difficult time. “The whole Greek community is thinking about them, praying for them. We’re all here in support for them,” said Ottino.

The unexpected happened early Sunday morning. That’s when the Clark County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call. Reports stated a person had fallen from a small boat into a pond. Officials arrived on scene to find Karnezis. He was taken to Terre Haute Regional Hospital where he later died as a result of accidental drowning.

“This has been the first thing I’ve ever seen happen, and the loss hits us all hard,” said Ottino.

The haunted house is located at 801 South 4th street in Terre Haute and will run from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Friday night.