For a frantic five minutes on a bus outside of a hotel in Orlando, bandmembers of the Florida A and M University Marching 100 tried to save the life of their friend Robert Champion. In the 9-1-1 call just released an unidentified band member tells the dispatcher Champion’s condition and tries to get an ambulance to the scene. You can also hear others in the background asking questions and band director Julian White’s name is mentioned. Listen to the call here
FAMU president James Ammons has also dismissed four students from the university in connection with Champion’s death. Ammons acknowledged the dismissals in a memo he sent earlier this week to members of the board of trustees.
While Ammons did not specify what the four students did, he said that their dismissals were connected to Champion’s death. He also told trustees that a group of students protested his decision to shutter the Marching 100 while the investigation continues.
Robert Champion died on November 19 following a football game in Orlando. He was a student at Southwest Dekalb High. Champion was buried on Wednesday.
There is now also a second incident of hazing being investigated involving the FAMU band. More on that in this post