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Student's Death in Hazing Ritual Ruled a Murder

Michael Deng was unresponsive after tackling
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2014 2:35 PM CST
Student's Death in Hazing Ritual Ruled a Murder
Officials say a college freshman's death in a hazing ritual was murder.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – In December, a student at New York City's Baruch College was killed following a fraternity hazing; now, authorities are calling the death a homicide, NBC News reports. According to the allegations, those involved in the ritual—which saw participants try to tackle the blindfolded freshman—took at least an hour to take Deng, 19, to the hospital, though he was "unresponsive." Court documents say Deng's Pi Delta Psi "big brother" called other members from the hospital, warning them to discard any evidence that they were part of a fraternity. The documents also say the students who hospitalized Deng at first held that he'd been wrestling when he hit his head, NBC earlier reported. Baruch College has now banned the fraternity. (Read more hazing stories.)

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