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Penn State-Altoona frat members won't face criminal charges in hazing suicide

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announcing no criminal charges would be filed in Braham's death.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announcing no criminal charges would be filed in Braham's death.  (Fox 29)

A state grand jury is recommending no criminal charges for fraternity hazing that one family claims led to the suicide of a Penn State-Altoona student.

The grand jury report released Tuesday indicates 18-year-old Marquise Braham left notes indicating he had contemplated suicide since he was a child. It also says there's no evidence linking Braham's hazing by the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and his death.

Finally, while several witnesses described hazing -- including sleep deprivation, alcohol binging, and other abuse -- the grand jury says "there is both conflicting evidence and a lack of direct evidence" that could lead to successful prosecutions.

Braham's family sued the school and the fraternity last month, blaming the hazing for his March 2014 suicide.

A spokesman says the family is preparing a statement. The school and fraternity didn't immediately comment.

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