Ten young adults were charged in the hazing death of a Phi Delta Theta pledge at Louisiana State University, after 18-year-old freshman died with a blood alcohol level of .495, which is more than six times the legal intoxication level in most states, NBC News reported.
As Maxwell Gruver was initiated into the frat, he was squirted with hot sauce and mustard, investigators said. One student, Matthew Alexander Naquin, 19, ordered Gruver to drink hard liquor each time Gruver made a mistake reciting the Greek alphabet.
Naquin was charged with negligent homicide in the case. The other nine were charged with hazing.
Eight of the young men are current students at Louisiana State University. Two others, Patrick Forde, 20, and Sean Paul Gott, 21, are not enrolled at the university but have connections to the frat, according to NBC.
The other suspects are Zachary Castillo, 19; Elliott Eaton, 20; Zachary Hall, 21; Hudson Kirkpatrick, 19; Sean Pennison, 21; Nicholas Taulli, 19; and Ryan Isto, 18.
Hazing is a misdemeanor crime, but it could result in expulsion from LSU and up to 30 days in jail for the suspects.
Phi Delta Theta said the suspects have been removed from the fraternity.
"Actions such as those described in the charges filed today are completely inconsistent with the values of Phi Delta Theta and in full violation of our established and communicated risk management policies," the frat said in a statement. "After completing our initial investigation into the events around September 13 and reviewing the charges brought today by local police, Phi Delta Theta has formally removed the membership of those charged in this incident. This action effectively severs ties with those alleged to be involved."
The fraternity also dissolved its chapter at LSU, stating that its members violated the organization’s alcohol-free housing policy.
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