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Family of student killed in a charity event in Las Vegas sues

The family of a University of Nevada Las Vegas student killed in a charity boxing match is suing the university and the fraternity which hosted the event.

KLAS reports that the parents of Nathan Valencia, 18, filed their suit earlier this week. The lawsuit alleges their son suffered “intense physical and mental pain, disfigurement, shock, and agony” before his death in November.

The lawsuit names UNLV, the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education, Christopher Eisenhauer, and the Sahara Event Center as defendants.

Word of the lawsuit comes as a video uncovered by KSNV shows the referee of the event drinking a beer at ringside before the fight. That referee, Christopher Eisenhauer, is also named in the suit.

The lawsuit accuses Eisenhauer of being “intoxicated and highly impaired.”

“The Valencia family is eager to pursue all responsible parties to raise awareness of this tragic event with the goal of bringing about change not only in the Las Vegas community but throughout the United States in the hope that this never happens to any other family ever again, ” they said in a statement released by the family’s attorney.

The governor signed Nathan’s Law in December giving the athletic commission oversight of such events which were previously unregulated.

The emergency ordinance would have expired in 120 days, but KLAS reports the athletic commission on Tuesday voted to make it permanent.

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