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      Father of UTPA student says son was not victim of a hate crime

      A student at the University of Pan American is undergoing surgery after being injured at an alleged 'fraternity' party.

      Facebook posts circulated quickly claiming the 21-year-old was a victim of a hate crime Saturday; however, his father told Action 4 News that is far from the truth.

      Amancio Chapa III explained to Action 4 news his son was standing on a table when he slipped falling face first onto a concrete floor.

      He stressed the entire ordeal was an accident.

      Eyewitnesses said the students had been drinking.

      On Monday, his son, also named Amanico, was taken to a San Antonio Hospital where he underwent surgery on Tuesday for facial reconstruction.

      The 21-year-old student suffered serious injuries including two broken eye sockets and is currently in the ICU of a local hospital.

      The family issued a statement to Action 4 News and stressed they are not seeking donations.

      He asked Action 4 not to broadcast any fundraisers.


      As AJ's father I want to thank all of you who are keeping my son in your thoughts and prayers. At this time our family TMs primary focus is solely on his health and his recovery.

      I also wanted take this opportunity to dispel any and all rumors that have arisen out of this incident. First and foremost my family and I would like to state that at no time did we communicate that this incident was a hate crime or that we had confirmed that his injuries were due to an altercation. The only thing we knew was that his injuries were severe.

      Second, we have not authorized any fund raisers or established any account on his behalf. Any such activities are being done by third parties and we have no knowledge or confirmation of their ultimate goal or intentions.

      Finally, I would like to ask that everyone maintain their composure and allow cooler heads prevail. I do not support any of the negative comments being made in the social media related to this incident. They are both harmful and speculative based on limited to no information. As it relates to the organizers of the party, they were one of the first to contact and visit us outside of our immediate family and friends. I have spoken to several people that were at function and I would like state that I am not in agreement with the assumptions being made as it relates to a possible altercation.

      Once again we thank you for your thoughts, prayers and support, and would like to ask, on the behalf of our family, to support our need for privacy.


      The University of Texas-Pan American has been notified about an incident that occurred over the weekend involving a 21-year-old male student, who was seriously injured during an off campus party. While the incident did not occur on campus, the safety of our students is of highest priority. We are conducting an internal investigation of the incident but have limited information at this time. If it is determined that any UTPA student was involved in misconduct regarding the incident that violates the UTPA Student Code of Conduct, disciplinary action will be taken.

      The University is reaching out to the family during these difficult times and hopes for the speedy recovery of the student.