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