Court cases highlight the deadly side of frat hazing

Nine men appeared in court Thursday on charges relating to fraternity hazing.

Five Pi Delta Psi fraternity members from Baruch College in New York City were charged with third-degree murder in the death of Chun Hsien Deng, the New York Times reports. Deng was trying to join the fraternity in December 2013 when he was allegedly blindfolded and weighted down with a sand-filled backpack while fraternity members attacked him. After Deng fell unconscious, fraternity members waited an hour before taking him to the hospital.

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The five men are also charged with assault and hindering apprehension. Authorities have said they would charge 32 more people in the same case. The national fraternity says it does not sanction the hazing ritual.

In Albany, N.Y., four men are charged with hazing Trevor Duffy in Nov. 2014, the Wall Street Journal reports. Duffy was pledging Zeta Beta Tau, which was not an official University of Albany-SUNY fraternity, when he died of an alcohol overdose. His blood-alcohol concentration was .583 when he died, and other fraternity pledges were hospitalized the same night.

Police say they will arrest more people in the coming weeks relating to Duffy's death.

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