Ten Arrested In Connection With Alleged Hazing Death Of LSU Student

The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office said an autopsy on 18-year-old LSU student Maxwell Gruver

Maxwell Gruver, of Georgia, died after a night of drinking at a Phi Delta Theta frat party at Louisiana State University (LSU).

Police launched an investigation into the death of the 18-year-old and warrants were issued for ten members of the fraternity on Wednesday, reports KATC.

Police said one of Phi Delta Theta's active members took the pledges' cell phones when they arrived. Naquin apparently didn't like Gruver, and "forced" him to drink because he was having trouble reciting the Greek alphabet during "Bible Study", a ritual testing their fraternity knowledge, they said.

A witness told police that Gruver was "highly intoxicated" when members of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity left him on a couch sometime after midnight on September 14.

"The ramifications of hazing can be devastating", LSU President F. King Alexander said in a statement.

Ballard said today in a statement, "The LSU Police Department has communicated with the Gruver family throughout the investigation process, and the university has also been in touch with them regarding today's arrests". "Maxwell Gruver's family will mourn his loss for the rest of their lives, and several other students are now facing serious consequences - all due to a series of poor decisions". His cause of death was listed at acute ethanol intoxication with aspiration. Gruver reportedly took 10 to 12 pulls.

The next morning, around 9 a.m., one of the members checked on Gruver and discovered that his pulse and breathing were low. The manner of death was ruled an accident. He died at a hospital later that day.

The fraternity's national office closed the chapter.

The game began at 10 p.m., and Gruver was passed out by midnight, the affidavit said.

David Bourland says his client, Zachary Hall, of Charlotte, North Carolina, didn't break any laws or LSU codes of conduct.

"This is a very serious matter involving allegations of unsafe behavior and a gross disregard for the health and safety of a fellow student", East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar C. Moore III said in a statement.

Under Louisiana law, hazing at educational facilities funded by public money is prohibited, with violators facing up to 30 days in prison. Among the items seized from the fraternity house were a duffel bag filled with beer cans, bottles of liquor, a glass smoking pipe, a "pledge test", cleaning supplies and two strands of white knotted rope, according to a search warrant return. One of them, Naquin, was also booked with negligent homicide.

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