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Suspects to be Charged in FAMU Robert Champion Hazing Case, Parents Call it “BitterSweet”



Suspects in the Florida A&M University band member Robert Champion hazing homicide case are expected to be charged, The Associate Press reports. At least five separate cases reportedly have been prepared.

Robert Champion, 26, was a member of the Florida A&M’s prominent Marching 100 band. He was killed in a hazing incident on their traveling bus following a football game.

Danielle Tavernier, a spokeswoman for the State Attorney’s Office in Orland told AP the charges range from misdemeanors to felonies.

Hazing in the form of physical bodily harm is a third-degree felony in Florida. Champion had bruises on his chest, arms, shoulder and back, according the medical examiner’s office in Orlando, FL. He died from internal bleeding, which caused him to go into shock.

Champion’s parents are reportedly elated by news of the charges. Attorney Christopher Chestnut told AP they found the filing of charges to be “bittersweet.”

Click Here to Watch Tribute to Robert Champion in Collegiate NetVision (CNV).

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