22 fra­ter­nity mem­bers charged in booze death

N. Illi­nois stu­dent’s blood al­co­hol was 5 times le­gal limit.

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - By As­so­ci­ated Press

DEKALB, ILL. — Nearly two dozen mem­bers of a North­ern Illi­nois Univer­sity fra­ter­nity have been charged with haz­ing-re­lated counts af­ter a fresh­man was found dead at their house fol­low­ing a night of drink­ing.

DeKalb po­lice and pros­e­cu­tors is­sued ar­rest war­rants Mon­day for 22 mem­bers of the Pi Kappa Al­pha fra­ter­nity in DeKalb. Five mem­bers are charged with felony haz­ing, while the other 17 mem­bers face misdemeanor haz­ing charges.

The war­rants were filed af­ter David Bo­gen­berger, 19, was found un­re­spon­sive at the fra­ter­nity house early on Nov. 2. The DeKalb County Coro­ner’s Of­fice said tox­i­col­ogy re­sults found his blood al­co­hol con­tent was about five times the le­gal limit for driv­ing.

The coro­ner ruled Bo­gen­berger’s cause of death was car­diac ar­rhyth­mia, with al­co­hol in­tox­i­ca­tion as a con­tribut­ing fac­tor.

The DeKalb Po­lice De­part­ment said its in­ves­ti­ga­tion found the frater- nity hosted an un­sanc­tioned event on Nov. 1 that wasn’t reg­is­tered with the univer­sity nor the fra­ter­nity’s na­tional chap­ter.

“The event that night in­volved the pledges ro­tat­ing be­tween sev­eral rooms in the fra­ter­nity house, be­ing asked a se­ries of ques­tions, and then be­ing pro­vided cups of vodka and other liquor to drink,” po­lice said in a state­ment. “This re­sulted in the pledges drink­ing a large quan­tity of al­co­hol in about a two-hour time pe­riod.”

Po­lice said sev­eral other pledges re­ported get­ting sick and pass­ing out due to ex­ces­sive al­co­hol con­sump­tion.

The in­ter­na­tional fra­ter­nity sus­pended the lo­cal Eta Nu chap­ter and said it would co­op­er­ate with the pur­suit of any­one who broke the law.

In a state­ment from its Mem­phis, Tenn., head­quar­ters, the fra­ter­nity sought to dis­tance it­self from al­co­hol use and haz­ing that might have hap­pened at its lo­cal chap­ter.

“It is th­ese lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties which stray from the fra­ter­nity’s mis­sion and val­ues,” Pi Kappa Al­pha In­ter­na­tional Fra­ter­nity Vice Pres­i­dent Justin Buck said.

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