Prosecutor Charges 13 in FAMU Marching 100 Hazing Death
Lawson Lamar, state attorney for the 9th Judicial Circuit of Florida, announced that criminal charges have been filed against 13 Florida A&M University students accused in the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion Jr., according to USA Today.
Eleven of the students have been charged with felony hazing.
Champion, 26, a member of the FAMU’s famed Marching 100 band, died hours after the Nov. 19 football game between Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman University in Orlando.
The cause of death was trauma, caused by excessive bleeding after a hazing ritual aboard a band charter bus involving more than two dozen students, the Orange-Osceola medical examiner's office ruled.
In January, FAMU’s board of trustees created a five-member committee with the goal of eradicating hazing, as well as an on-site memorial and scholarship dedicated to Champion.