Houston, TX – We announce the death of a cherished brother of the Beta Mu Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha with the deepest grief. On January 30, 2023, Matthew Garrett Shrake, class of ’22, joined Chapter Eternal. We are grieving Matt’s passing and offering our condolences to the Shrake family along with our brotherhood, alumni, families, and everyone else whose lives Matt impacted. We ask that during this trying time, you keep his family in your prayers and thoughts.
Matt sadly passed away after committing suicide. Shrake was described as a scholar, a leader, an athlete, and a gentleman known by numerous students within the UT Austin community. A constant ray of sunshine, Matt was known to light up any room with his infectious smile and laughter.
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A member of the Fall 2022 New Member Class, Matt put his impact on the Fraternity as a whole. When not in college, Matt could frequently be seen playing poker in the lounge, shooting hoops on the PIKE court, or simply hanging out with his pledge brothers. At 2400 Leon St., his absence will always be felt and he will be sincerely missed.
There will be two Memorial Services held for Matt, one in Houston and one in Austin. A university-wide candlelight vigil service to honor and celebrate Matt will be held on February 13 at 5:30 pm on the Main Mall beneath the University of Texas Tower. All UT students, family, and friends are welcome to attend and there will be an opportunity to share a few words if you feel inclined.
Matt’s hometown service will be held on Thursday, February 16 at 3:00 pm at the John Wesley United Methodist Church, 5830 Bermuda Dunes Dr., Houston. Please join us in supporting the Shrake family and honoring Matt’s memory at these services.
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