Update on FAMU Drum Major Death From Hazing

Decatur, Ga (WAOK)-The Florida A&M University Marching 100 Band has been suspended indefinitely as law enforcement and an independent task force investigate the death of drum major Robert Champion.  26 year old Champion, a Southwest DeKalb High School graduate, died suddenly last Saturday after the band performed in Orlando. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Deming said Champions death was the result of hazing.

The medical examiner says it could take ten to 12 weeks before the official cause of death is determined. Fellow students held a memorial service on campus for Champion last night. This is not the first time the FAMU band has been in trouble over hazing. About 30 band members were reportedly let go from the FAMU Marching 100  this past semester because of hazing incidents. FAMU President  Dr. James Ammons urged the entire student body to cooperate with the investigation into Champion’s death.

More on the story here from CBS News

UPDATE: Late on Wednesday long time Florida A and M University band director Dr. Julian White was fired as the fallout from a drum major’s suspected hazing death deepened. Florida’s governor said state investigators would join the probe and the college announced an independent review led by a former state attorney general. White who graduated from the school with a music education degree, has 10 days to respond to his termination.

Band Director Dr .Julian White plans to fight to keep his job. More in this report from the AJC

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  1. Sarah says:

    If it will take up to 12 weeks to determine the official cause of death, why are you now saying this young man died from hazing? This is very irresponsible policing and slander on FAMU if this is determined to not be the cause, we all like sensational tabloid journalism which can ruin lives, this is very irresponsible on law enforcement’s part…My condolences goes out the family of this young man…

  2. Rlovestl says:

    Ditto to Sarah’s comments.

  3. JJ says:

    Official know what the cause of death is at this point and are simply waiting on toxicology reports which can take a few weeks. They are not releasing details of the autopsy because in such a case, releasing results will be able to aid possible suspects. Until the suspects are rounded up, questioned, etc, no other public info about the cause of death will be released. People act like they don’t know hazing goes on in this band and others across this nation; it does people, wake the hell up! FAMU knows too and it’s only a matter of time for the suspects to be squeezed!! Lawyer up!

  4. JJ says:

    Official know what the cause of death is at this point and are simply waiting on toxicology reports which can take a few weeks. They are not releasing details of the autopsy because in such a case, releasing results publicly will be able to aid possible suspects. Until the suspects are rounded up, questioned, etc, no other public info about the cause of death will be released. People act like they don’t know hazing goes on in this band and others across this nation; it does people, wake the hell up! FAMU knows too and it’s only a matter of time for the suspects are squeezed!! Lawyer up!

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