Family of murdered Millersville University student sues school

Karlie Hall (Family photo)

MILLERSVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – The family of murdered Millersville University student Karlie Hall is suing the school, saying more should have been done to prevent her death.

In addition to the university, the federal lawsuit names several other people and organizations including a resident assistant at Hall’s dorm and Acacia Fraternity.

Hall, 18, was killed in her dorm room in February 2015. Her boyfriend, Gregorio Orrostieta, was convicted of third-degree murder and sentenced to 20-40 years in prison.

Gregory Orrostieta
Gregorio Orrostieta

The lawsuit claims university officials knew of at least two prior times that Orrostieta abused Hall in her dorm. In both cases, police did not investigate the abuse, according to the suit.

On the night of Hall’s death, Hall and Orrostieta attended a party hosted by Acacia Fraternity. The suit alleges fraternity members knowingly provided alcohol to Orrostieta, who was underage. During that party, fraternity members reportedly witnessed Orrostieta physically assault Hall and did nothing to stop the attack. They are also accused of providing alcohol to Orrostieta after that incident.

According to the suit, Orrostieta followed Hall back to her dorm, was allowed past the residential check-in desk despite being visibly drunk, and entered Hall’s room. Another student later heard calls for help coming from the room. That student alerted Sara Wiberg, the residential advisor. The suit claims Wiberg, who knew of prior abuse allegations against Orrostieta, knocked on Hall’s door but left when there was no answer. Hall was later found dead in her dorm room.

Attorney’s for Hall’s family contend Orrostieta was strangling Hall as Wiberg knocked on the door. They say if Wiberg had done more, Hall’s life may have been saved.

A spokeswoman for Millersville University said they have not yet received the lawsuit.

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