Students believe UTPA off campus incident was a hate crime
POSTED: Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 5:24pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 8, 2013 - 8:39am
Hidalgo County (NEWS CENTER 23) — It's an incident that left 21-year-old A.J. Chapa suffering from head trauma injuries as he remains in stable condition at a local hospital.
The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office says Chapa was attending an off-campus fraternity party when the incident took place.
The say the incident took place at a rural ranch near Monte Cristo and Ware Road and that the student was dancing on top of a table with two other friends and fell face first. They are ruling it an accident, but say they will continue to investigate.
Meanwhile students on campus believe it was more than an accident and believe it may have been the cause of a hate crime.
According to a now deactivated Facebook page, which gained almost 1,500 likes, in just two days users took to the comment section to voice their opinions suggesting Chapa's injuries were too extensive to be accidental.
However, when Newscenter 23 spoke to UTPA students on campus they say they believe there's more to it.. We also attempted to contact the UTPA Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgender club on campus to see if the knew Chapa, but they didn't want to comment because they were concerned it would hinder a current investigation.
As for the university their thoughts go out to the student and his family and say they're leaving in the hands of the authorities. Per a written statement from the family they also say that they will leave it to authorities and look forward to a speedy recovery for their son.