Last week, 18 Penn State fraternity members were charged for the death of a hazed pledge Timothy Piazza. The frat brothers face more than 850 charges, including involuntary manslaughter. Timothy Piazza, a 19-year-old Penn State sophomore died from his injuries after a hazing ritual at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity in February. His parents spoke out to numerous media outlets on Monday, claiming that his fraternity brothers "killed him."
Piazza died from his injuries two days after he was consumed a high amount of alcohol and fell down repeatedly during the hazing ritual. The incident was recorded on tape, and showed the fraternity brothers stepping over and slapping the unconscious, bloody and bruised teen. Nobody called for medical help for 12 hours after Piazza first fell.
"They killed him," Jim Piazza told CNN on Monday. "They fed him lethal doses of alcohol and they killed him. And then they treated him like roadkill, like a rag doll. In my mind it was murder...they let him die a very slow death."
His mother, Evelyn Piazza, told NBC News’ Today that the amount of alcohol her son was forced to drink was torture.
"Nobody should consume that much alcohol,'' she said.
Jim Piazza said that the fraternity brothers knew his son was dying and they neglected to help. "They told people to clean up, cover up the evidence, get rid of it," Jim Piazza said. "This wasn't boys being boys. This was criminal activity."
A fraternity member told police, according to Buzzfeed, that they were concerned about calling 911 because they were "fearful the police would discover indications of hazing as well as minors under the influence of alcohol in their house."
Jim Piazza told NBC News' Today that he asked a doctor if the outcome would have been different if the teen was brought to the hospital earlier. "The doctor said, 'Yeah."
Piazza suffered from respiratory failure due to severe head trauma and compromised brain function, according to a medical expert. He had suffered multiple traumatic brain injuries as well as a skull fracture.
The Piazza family stated that no one from the fraternity or from Penn State came to the wake or funeral. Jim Piazza claimed the school has been "fairly silent" about the incident.
Penn State banned Beta Theta Pi from ever returning to the university.
[Photo of Piazza courtesy of Facebook]