ALTOONA, Pa. – The family of a former Penn State-Altoona student who committed suicide last year has filed suit against the university and a suspended fraternity alleging that his death stemmed from hazing by the organization.
The suit alleges that Marquise Braham "had been hazed for months" at Phi Sigma Kappa before jumping off the roof of a New York hotel in March 2014.
The suit alleges that he was forced to "consume gross amounts of alcohol," fight fellow pledges and had a gun held to his head, and he later "struggled deeply" with having to take part in hazing other pledges.
A Penn State representative declined comment but noted that the chapter was later suspended for six years. A representative at the fraternity's national headquarters didn't immediately return a call seeking comment