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Candlelight Vigil Held for Missing ASU Student

BREA, Calif. (KTLA) — Friends anbrea-picd family gathered for a vigil Thursday night for an Arizona State University student who disappeared two weeks ago.

Jack Culolias, 19, was last seen at the Cadillac Ranch bar in Tempe, Arizona, bar on November 30.

He was there for a fraternity-sponsored pledge event for Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Police said Culolias used a fake ID to enter the bar, and earlier admitted concerns to his stepmother and twin brother about his initiation into the fraternity.

Alex Culolias, Jack’s brother, said he was escorted from the bar for urinating from a balcony amid chants from fraternity members.

Alex says that he believes Jack is still alive, and he’s asking for the public’s help in finding him.

“I love you, Jack. I just want you back,” Alex said at the vigil. “If anybody has any information, please contact the Tempe Police Department, whether anonymously or not.”

One of Jack’s shoes was found near the banks of a lake near the ASU campus. Crews searched the area, and dive crews went into the lake, but there was no sign of him.

The Arizona State Department of Liquor and Licensing Control is reviewing information from Cadillac Ranch to determine if underage drinking violations occurred at the event.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon has been placed on probation twice since 2006, according to university spokeswoman Sharon Keeler.

In 2006, one person was hospitalized in a hazing incident in which new members were forced to drink alcohol.

Then, in 2011, the fraternity was again put on probation after members brought alcohol to a meeting in a classroom.