Family Of Dead FAMU Student Plan Lawsuit

MIAMI ( – The family of a Florida A&M University drum major who was found dead last Saturday night is planning to sue the school.

Robert Champion, 26, was found unresponsive in a bush parked outside of an Orlando hotel last Saturday after FAMU lost to rival Bethune-Cookman.

According to police, Champion had been vomiting and complaining he couldn’t breathe before he collapsed. Police believe that Champion died due to some form of hazing that took place before 911 was called.

Attorney Christopher Chestnut said that Champion’s family wants to raise awareness of the issue of hazing in college bands. Chestnut said the family is spending the holiday weekend planning Champion’s funeral.

FAMU has not responded to Chestnut’s comments.

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