The Florida State Attorney’s Office has charged 13 individuals in the hazing death of DeKalb-native Robert Champion.
Champion, a student at Florida AM University who was a member of the school’s famous “Marching 100” band, was found unresponsive on the band’s bus on Nov. 19, 2011. Officials termed his death a homicide resulting from “a hemorrhagic shock due to a soft tissue hemorrhage, incurred by blunt force trauma sustained during a hazing incident.”
Several days after Champion’s death, FAMU band director Julian White was fired. In a press release, FAMU President James Ammons said White was dismissed for “alleged misconduct and incompetence involving confirmed reports and allegations of hazing.”
Eleven people are charged with felony hazing resulting in death, and the other two are charged with hazing misdemeanors. All 11 individuals charged with felony hazing have turned themselves in to various law enforcement agencies