Virginia State University students charged with hazing after students’ deaths

VSU students 4 charged with hazing after students' deaths

Four Charged in VSU Hazing Death

One 19-year-old man has drowned, and one is missing, after a hazing in Virginia.  Seven men were instructed to walk across the rushing Appomattox River.  Five were rescued downstream.  The body of Marvell Edmondson, 19, of Portsmouth was recovered Monday.  Police said earlier today they are continuing the search for Jauwan M. Holmes, 19, of Newport News.

The two men are students at Virginia State University.  They were being initiated into the group known as “Men of Honor”, a social group dedicated to building the character of young men.

An email VSU President Keith Miller sent to university officials said three students and two former students are being investigated as a result of hazing allegations involving the VSU chapter of the fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha. The incident occurred off the campus.

The incident happened at the same time Dean of Students Allen W. Groves had issued an order to all fraternities to cease pledging activities due to unsafe reported incidents, frequently involving alcohol.

The action drew praise from Brian Warren, national executive director of Sigma Phi Epsilon, which in 2010 closed its chapter at U.Va. because of similar concerns.

The students vanished in the river about 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

5 Responses to Virginia State University students charged with hazing after students’ deaths

  1. mochawoman April 28, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Its unfortunate that matters are taken beyond reasonable expectations as means to crossover and become a member of any fraternity. I pray for strength and comfort for all families left behind in wake of this tragic circumstance.. God help us.

  2. tutman2k1 April 24, 2013 at 8:27 am

    This report makes it seem like Alpha Phi Alpha was involved with the unfortunate incident that happened at the Appomattox River. That is not the case at all. While the report is correct in stating that Alpha Phi Alpha is in involved in a hazing accusation, that alleged incident stems from an investigation that occurred in August of 2012. I wish these facts were more clearly stated in this piece.

  3. Octane April 24, 2013 at 8:24 am

    They are talking about two different incidents, the alpha phi alpha incident happened about a week and a half before.

  4. ham April 24, 2013 at 8:01 am

    two separate incidents, pleaseinvestigate properly


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