2015-09-16 / Front Page

Five Charged In Baruch College Hazing Death

Five members of the Pi Delta Psi fraternity from Baruch College will face murder charges for their involvement in the death of a freshman who was hazed during a rural retreat in 2013.

A grand jury in Monroe County, Pa., recently recommended that five people face third-degree murder charges. A total of 37 individuals will aslo face a range of criminal charges, including assault, hindering apprehension and hazing in Chun Hsien Deng’s death.

Those facing third-degree murder charges are Charles Lai, Kenny Kwan, Raymond Lam from Flushing, Daniel Li and Sheldon Wong.

Deng was killed during a hazing ritual in which a person is blindfolded and participants carry weighted bags on their backs while trying to proceed across a field to someone calling them while other fraternity brothers strike and tackle the blindfolded target. Deng was reportedly blindfolded and carrying a backpack loaded with 30 pounds of sand in the cold outside Pocono Mountain retreat the house.

Deng complained that his head hurt, and then fell unconscious. Pi Delta Psi fraternity members did not call 911 for hours before bringing him to a hospital some 30 miles away.

If convicted, the five face up to 20 years in prison.

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