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Ten booked for hazing in LSU fraternity death

Ten booked for hazing in LSU fraternity death

Witnesses told police that the fraternity's pledges were forced to drink to excess on the night before Gruver's death, during a game or initiation ritual called "Bible Study" that required pledges to drink if they incorrectly answered questions about the fraternity.

The coroner's conclusion was that Gruver died of acute alcohol poisoning with aspiration, and classified the death an accident.

Days after Gruver's death, Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters said it was immediately shuttering the LSU chapter "based on the preliminary findings of an investigation that uncovered enough information to conclude that some chapter members were in violation of established risk management policies, including our alcohol-free housing policy".

The Georgia-native had a blood alcohol level that was over six times the legal limit for driving.

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Police at Louisiana State University have issued arrest warrants for 10 Phi Delta Theta members as they investigate whether a fraternity hazing led to the death of a freshman student. The hazing charges against all 10, whose ages range from 18 to 21, are misdemeanors. But one student, 19-year-old Matthew Alexander Naquin, also faces a count of negligent homicide, which is a felony, as well as the hazing count. After Gruver was found to be still on the couch the next morning, he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Clark says an autopsy found Gruver inhaled vomit and other fluid into his lungs.

The national Phi Delta Theta organization removed the charter of the LSU chapter on September 18, after its inquiry into Gruver's death "uncovered enough information to conclude that some chapter members were in violation of established risk management policies, including our Alcohol Free Housing policy".

Ten people are facing hazing charges in the death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge after a night of drinking last month. According to a report in the school's student newspaper, The Daily Reveille, the chapter had been suspended a year earlier as the university investigated a previous complaint about hazing. Eight are current students at LSU.

A coroner said hospital tests found a "highly elevated" blood-alcohol level in Gruver's body.