Five people in Tallahassee, Florida, will face charges in the hazing death of 26 year old, Robert Champion, a Florida A&M University band member. He died in November of 2011, leading to many misdemeanor and felony charges, according to Danielle Tavernier, a spokesman for the State Attorney’s Office in Orlando.
As of now, no arrests have been made, but they are expected in the near future. The disturbing details in regards to the death have been released, including blunt trauma blows, leading to a death by shock, caused by severe bleeding when he was hazed by his fellow band members on a bus, parked outside of a hotel in Orlando.
The bus driver, according to reports, stood guard outside the bus, ensuring that the hazing would not be stopped. There is also a theory that Champion was targeted because he was gay, although his parents have dismissed the idea.
Hazing has been banned just about everywhere, but it is still occurring and, at times, it will lead to a death or a severe injury. This case has once again showed just how dangerous it can be. Stay tuned for further details.