ORLANDO – (WAOK/AJC) After months of investigating, charges could soon be on the way for at least five band mates of former FAMU drum major Robert Champion, Jr., who died after an alleged hazing ritual aboard a chartered bus in Orlando, Florida. Investigators say the students face misdemeanor and felony charges in connection with the incident last November. Champion, who is from DeKalb county, died from shock, after internal bleeding, following what investigators say was a beating on the bus, following a performance at the Florida Classic. The incident has led to several disciplinary moves at the historically black university in Tallahassee, and increased scrutiny involving possible hazing at other HBCU’s. Champion’s parents have filed a lawsuit against the chartered bus company, which owned the bus, where the alleged incident occurred.
Robert Champion (Credit: WKMG)