10 Individuals To Be Arrested For Hazing After LSU Student’s Death

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Louisiana State University police will arrest 10 individuals Wednesday, nearly a month after a freshman died in a hazing-related incident.

The national chapter of Phi Delta Theta suspended the LSU chapter of the fraternity after the September death of freshman Maxwell Gruver. LSU president F. King Alexander called hazing “dangerous and unacceptable,” saying it “will not be tolerated” at the school in a September statement. Details to the cause of the student’s death have yet to be released. (RELATED: LSU Suspends All Greek Life Festivities After Freshman Dies In Possible Hazing Incident)

All 10 of the individuals will be arrested on hazing charges and one of them will also be arrested on a charge of negligent homicide, according to a press release obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Matthew Alexander Naquin will be arrested for negligent homicide and hazing, while Zachary Castillo, Elliott Eaton, Patrick Forde, Sean Paul Gott, Zachary Hall, Ryan Isto, Hudson Kirkpatrick, Sean Pennison, and Nicholas Taulli will be arrested for hazing. Gott was not enrolled during the incident and Forde is also not an LSU student, LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard told TheDCNF. All of the individuals except Forde and Castillo were active members of Phi Delta Theta, according to Ballard.

“The LSU Police Department has communicated with the Gruver family throughout the investigation process, and the university has also been in touch with them regarding today’s arrests,” said the university in its press release. “LSU President F. King Alexander formed the President’s Task Force on Greek Life. The Task Force will begin [to] review the overall governance and oversight of Greek organizations.”

The university suspended Greek activities following Gruver’s death, but permitted activities like recruitment, council meetings, and chapter member study hours to resume as of Oct. 4, Ballard told TheDCNF.

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