BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Student filed into Buffalo State College’s on-campus arena Friday night with heavy hearts, mourning the loss of Bradley Doyley.
“Everybody knows Brad,” said Chris Cartwright, a Buffalo State senior who was one of Brad’s friends. “He wasn’t ever spiteful, never mean; genuine, energetic.”
Bradley Doyley, 21, died Thursday night at Buffalo General. He was a Brooklyn native, living in the Queen City while attending the college where he was a business major. During his time at Buff State, Doyley was a guard for the Bengals men’s basketball team.
“Brad would be very upset if these guys didn’t go out and compete with their hearts tonight and give it everything they have,” said Jerry Boyes, the Buffalo State College Athletic Director.
Friday night, the team and school he loved so much, paid tribute to someone they love through a moment of silence prior to the team’s tip off.
Emotions were running high as the team took the court, giving it their all and coming out victorious over one of their rivals, all for one of their biggest supporters.
Students who were close to Doyley, including Cartwright, want to give back to Doyley. They made Friday’s game a fundraiser, collecting money at the door to help financially support his family.
“This isn’t a time they should be worrying about what they have to do with their son,” said Cartwright. They raised around $1500 in just a few hours at Friday night’s game. They’ll give that money to Doyley’s family to help with funeral arrangements.
Cartwright said word spread quickly Friday morning about Doyley’s death.
“We didn’t want to talk about it but when it is someone so loved, it spreads,” said Cartwright.
Buffalo Police are investigating Doyley’s death following allegations it may be related to hazing; beginning the investigation after learning Doyley may have been pledging the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Sources tell News 4 the alleged hazing incident took place January 10 at an off-campus location. It wasn’t reported until early February.
In the wake of the investigation, the fraternity has been suspended. Alpha Phi Alpha released a statement to News 4 on Friday saying suspending a chapter is protocol while an investigation is ongoing.
“Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. does not condone and strictly prohibits any illegal acts including hazing in any form whether physical or mental as a term or condition of membership in the organization,” said an Alpha Phi Alpha spokesman in the statement. “Any member found violating the fraternity anti-hazing policy will be immediately suspended with a recommendation for expulsion. In addition, the fraternity will cooperate with law enforcement to ensure that any person found to be violating the law will be brought to justice.”
The Buffalo State College President also released a statement upon learning about Doyley’s death.
“Buffalo State takes great pride in its commitment to providing students with a civil and caring academic community,” said Katherine Conway-Turner, the College’s president, in her statement. “We do not and will not tolerate any student or campus organization that undermines our commitment to providing an environment for our students to flourish.”
The college is planning a memorial service for sometime next week. They’re also setting up counseling services for anyone who knew him as they try to cope with Doyley’s untimely death.
While the investigation is ongoing, Doyley’s friends say is loss is just setting in and his legacy will never be forgotten.
“I woke up a different person today,” said Cartwright. “I made changes in my life. It made me realize life is too short.”