Ten young men have been charged in the death of an 18-year-old freshman at Louisiana State University after the teen died following a hazing incident.
Nine of the men are charged with hazing, and the tenth, Mathew Alexander Naquin, 19, is charged with negligent homicide in the death of Maxwell Gruver, from Roswell, Georgia – a pledge for the Phi Delta Theta chapter at LSU at the time of his death, according to Business Insider.
Investigators say that on the night of September 13, Gruver participated in a pledge activity known as “Bible study,” in which pledges were asked a series of questions. If a pledge got an answer wrong, he would have to take a drink. One of the pledges told police “he could hear Gruver messing up the Greek alphabet and Naquin tell him to drink,” NBC News reports.
Gruver was taken to the hospital the next day and pronounced dead. His blood alcohol content at the time was .496 – six times the legal limit for driving. The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office ruled his cause of death as “acute ethanol intoxication with aspiration.”
The men charged with hazing include Nicholas Taulli, Hudson Kirkpatrick, Sean Pennison, Sean Paul-Gott, Zachary Castillo, Elliot Eaton, Patrick Forde, Zachary Hall, and Ryan Isto.
Eight out of all ten charged are active members of the fraternity and are currently enrolled in the university. The other two, Patrick Forde, 20, and Sean Paul Gott, 21, are not enrolled at the school, but have ties to the fraternity.
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