Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Fraternity Members Arrested In Connection With 18-Year-Old Student's Hazing Death

Fraternity Members Arrested In Connection With 18-Year-Old Student's Hazing Death

Days after Gruver's death, Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters said it was immediately shuttering the LSU chapter "based on the preliminary findings of an investigation that uncovered enough information to conclude that some chapter members were in violation of established risk management policies, including our Alcohol-Free Housing policy".

Arrests warrants have been issued for 10 LSU students who were members of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity in connection with the death of 18-ye...

Witnesses told police that the club's promises were compelled to toast abundance on the night prior to Gruver's demise, amid an amusement or start custom called "Book of scriptures Study" that expected vows to drink in the event that they mistakenly addressed inquiries concerning the crew. Pledges were asked questions about the fraternity, and made to drink alcohol if they answered incorrectly.

Gruver was taken to a hospital from the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house in September.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office ruled Gruver's death accidental and said it was caused by "acute alcohol intoxication with aspiration".

The LSU Police Department has issued arrest warrants for the 10 suspects, one of whom will also be charged with negligent homicide, according to a university statement.

LSU police investigate Max Gruver's death.


Eight of the suspects are LSU understudies and were dynamic individuals from the crew, as indicated by college representative Ernie Ballard.

According to a news release, the Task Force, composed of 11 members including students, staff, administrative representation and external volunteers, will begin the review the overall governance and oversight of Greek organizations.

The fraternity's national office said it closed the chapter after Gruver's death.

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