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

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

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

WSU Freshman Sam Martinez passed away in November 2019 at the ATO fraternity house from acute alcohol intoxication.
EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter August 16, 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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