FIU Student's Death at Fort Lauderdale Hotel Frat Party Doesn't Appear Suspicious, Police Say

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Fort Lauderdale Police say they have little information on the death of Florida International University student Kellie Fulliove over the weekend in Fort Lauderale. But they say the death does not appear suspicious. According to police, Fullilove, 19, died while attending an off-campus frat party at Bahia Mar hotel, located at 801 Seabreeze Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, on Sunday.

The party was thrown by FIU frat Phi Gamma Delta. A call to Bahia Mar hotel for comment wasn't immediately returned. Fort Lauderdale Police say Kellilove's death is still being investigated. 

"We do not have much information at this time," Fort Lauderdale Det. Keven Dupree tells New Times

Since the death is still under investigation, an official incident report has not yet been approved for media release, but Dupree says that foul play doesn't seem to be a factor.

"Detectives have advised that this death does not appear to be suspicious," Dupree says. "Detectives are awaiting the results of the Medical Examiner’s office for exact cause of death."

FIU sent out a statement shortly after learning of Fullilove's death

"We are saddened by the death of a student this past weekend," the statement reads. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends."
Meanwhile, a gofundme page has been set up in the Kellilove's name.

"Friends of the Fullilove family are reaching out for love and support during this tragic time," the gofundme page reads. "Kellie Joy was an amazing daughter, loving sister, doting aunt, dedicated friend and more to so many. Her life has ended too early and she will be missed dearly."

According to the page, the fund was created to assist Kellie's family with funeral service costs. 

As of this writing, 92 people have contributed $6,800 in two days.  

According to the page, services for Fullilove will be held on Saturday at Cape Christian Fellowship located at 2110 Chiquita Blvd., in Cape Coral.

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