The VCU chapter of the Delta Chi fraternity was also suspended by the national Delta Chi organization.
“He had already tried to get into other fraternities and had been turned down, but he saw the camaraderie. He’d see the brotherhood and just loved the actual acceptance,” his father, Eric Oakes, told WWBT.
“At 9 p.m., he texts his dad and just said, ‘I’m going in. Love you.’ and he went in,” Oakes’ cousin Courtney White told the affiliate. “He wasn’t just a good kid or good person to us, he was to everybody,” White said.
CNN has reached out to Oakes’ family for comment but has not yet heard back.
Oakes’ cause of death has not yet been determined by the Medical Examiner, said Tammie Smith, spokesperson for Virginia Department of Health.
In a statement Sunday, the university said it mourned Oakes’ death. “This is a tragic loss for Adam’s family and members of our community,” it said.
Detectives from RPD and the VCU Police Department are investigating, the department said.
The VCU Delta Chi house is about a mile from where Oakes was found unresponsive. Neither the university nor the police gave any information about whether the house where Oakes was found was linked to the fraternity.
By Monday, social media accounts, websites and university pages associated with VCU chapter of Delta Chi had been taken down.