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Sam Martinez, pictured here, died Nov. 12, 2019, after participating in a

Fifteen people charged in connection with Sam Martinez’s death

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen deputy news editor June 9, 2021

Fifteen individuals were charged with furnishing liquor to a minor in connection with the death of Sam Martinez in 2019.  Furnishing liquor to a minor is a gross misdemeanor in Washington state....

Something as simple as having a goldfish, or any pet, could begin the conversation of death and grieving.

OPINION: Why we should normalize death

GRACE LAPIERRE April 15, 2021

Due to recent circumstances, there has been more death than usual. It has left a lot of people to grieve loved ones, either because of the pandemic itself or other causes. I, too, have recently had a family...

Over 545,000 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID Data Tracker.

WSU class teaches students how to deal with death 

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen reporter March 29, 2021

From early ages, children are censored from death. Death is not death. Instead, death is taking a long nap or moving to a farm upstate. This censorship sheltered a lot of children, who are now university...

Sam Martinez was a 19-year-old WSU student. He was empathetic and loyal to those he knew.

Family, friends of Sam Martinez commemorate his life one year after death

EMMA LEDBETTER and LOREN NEGRON November 12, 2020

Fall is a difficult season for Jolayne Houtz and Hector Martinez. On Oct. 3, they celebrated their son Sam Martinez’s 20th birthday, and today marks the first anniversary of his death. “Our family...

Eddie Van Halen rewrote the rules of rock and served as an icon and role model to generations of musicians.

OPINION: Eddie Van Halen was a rock icon

JOEY FRANKLIN October 13, 2020

One of my earliest memories regarding music was the lyric “You’ve got to roll with the punches to get to what’s real.” I had no idea what song it was from and did not care; it was a fun line to...

WSU Freshman Sam Martinez passed away in November 2019 at the ATO fraternity house from acute alcohol intoxication.

Parents of Sam Martinez sue WSU, Alpha Tau Omega, fraternity members

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen deputy news editor August 17, 2020

Alpha Tau Omega fraternity's six-year suspension is only a slap on the wrist compared to the loss Jolayne Houtz and her family will deal with for the rest of their lives, she said. “He was full of...

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