Justice: 12 Former FAMU Students Charged With Manslaughter For 2011 Hazing-Related Death Of Robert Champion

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It looks like FAMU will never live this one down….

Former FAMU Students Charged With Manslaughter Over Hazing Death

The group of former FAMU students and band members who insisted that drum major Robert Champion asked for the hazing that eventually led to his death in 2011 have now been charged with manslaughter.

via The Grio

Prosecutors are charging 12 former Florida A&M University band members with manslaughter in the 2011 hazing death of a drum major.

Ten of the band members had been charged last May with felony hazing for the death of 26-year-old Robert Champion, but prosecutors said Monday they are raising the charges to manslaughter. They also have charged two additional defendants with manslaughter.

Champion died in Orlando in November 2011 after he collapsed following what prosecutors say was a savage beating during a hazing ritual. It happened on a bus parked in a hotel parking lot after Florida A&M played Bethune-Cookman in their annual rivalry football game.

Authorities say Champion had bruises on his chest, arms, shoulder and back and died of internal bleeding. Witnesses told emergency dispatchers that the drum major was vomiting before he was found unresponsive aboard the bus.

This tragic and sensless case has forever changed the legacy of Florida A&M University, along with the lives of the family and friends who lost Robert Champion much too soon.

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