Baruch College fraternity Pi Delta Psi and its members are facing charges after freshman Michael Deng died from serious injuries and delayed medical treatment.
Five Baruch College fraternity members will face multiple charges for allegedly killing a college freshman in December 2013.
Pocono Mountain regional police chief Chris Wagner told reporters college freshman Michael Deng, who died of injuries during a hazing ritual, was “singled out” from the other four pledges by Delta Psi Brothers, but declined to say why.
Wagner said at a news conference the 19-year-old student was blindfolded and weighed down with a sand-filled backpack, while being tackled and forced to run. Deng’s delay in medical treatment also contributed to Deng’s death, according to the medical examiner.
The five fraternity members will face charges of third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, hindering apprehension, and criminal conspiracy. Pi Delta Psi will face top criminal charges while the remaining 32 will also face less serious offenses.
Monroe County assistant district attorney told reporters:
"There's a variety of different levels of responsibility and involvement. From individuals who were actively involved to individuals who lied to the police to individuals who hid evidence to individuals who fled the scene."
Deng’s family has filed suit against the fraternity and Baruch College.
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