Gay Student Hazed to Death at FAMU
In the case of the hazing incident at Florida A&M University, the parents of the Robert Champion. Jr come forward to announce that their son was gay, according to CBS News. Mr. Champion was beaten to death as part of a hazing ritual at the historically black school.
Mr. Champion Jr. was a 26-year old drum major in FAMU's famed marching band, and he was allegedly beaten to death by band mates. His mother, Pam Champion, says, “There's no way around it. It was wrong.”
On November 19th, 2011, Mr. Champion Jr. was found unconscious aboard a band bus after the school's biggest game of the year. The Police determined the death was a homicide from hazing. About thirty students were aboard the bus at the time, but no one has been charged. His parents have started their own investigation into how their son died. His mother said, “The truth will come out as to what happened.”
Attorney, Chris Chestnut, who represents the family, has interviewed more than ten potential witnesses. Some of the witness were victims of that night of the hazing ritual that plagues FAMU. The witnessed allegedly say that Mr Champion Jr. was singled out, because he was both a vocal opponent of hazing, a band disciplinarian and gay. The family attorney concedes that it is only a “possibility” that he was singled out because he was gay.