New York college student drank 60-ounce vodka bottle in hazing, court papers say

Court papers filed in connection with a New York college student's alcohol-related death reveal he drank a 60-ounce bottle of vodka during what college officials say was the hazing of pledges at an unsanctioned fraternity.

The Times Union of Albany reported the documents were filed by two students who were expelled from the University at Albany/SUNY after 19-year-old Trevor Duffy of the Bronx died in November following a night of heavy drinking during a party held by Zeta Beta Tau members at an off-campus home.

The two students want to return to the college. They were among the 24 sanctioned by the university.

The university's investigation concluded Duffy's death was the result of hazing. No one has been arrested. Albany police say their investigation is continuing.

According to the documents, Duffy was told by brothers of the underground fraternity that no one ever died as a result of pledging, the newspaper reported. On Nov. 15, Duffy was forced to drink a bottle with about 60 ounces of Belvedere Vodka. He was found unconscious in a bathroom at the secret fraternity's off-campus house and died two days later at Albany Medical Center Hospital.

While a few friends tried to revive Duffy, the brothers argued over whether to call the police for help, according to the newspaper, which cited one student's testimony.

When a partygoer called 911, the brothers agreed to move Duffy outside so police would not enter their residence, according to student Emily Uezyoga, a friend of Duffy's who was at the party.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.