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NIU Fatal Hazing Incident

Felony hazing charges are filed against five fraternity leaders at Northern Illinois University in connection with the November death of 19-year-old David Bogenberger

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The family of a college freshman who died after binge drinking at a fraternity pledge party are giving new details about the incident.

David Bogenberger, 19, was found dead last November at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Northern Illinois University.

His family updated a lawsuit Wednesday with details of what they claim happened.

They say Bogenberger and 18 other pledges rapidly drank several glasses of vodka.

After the pledges passed out, fraternity and sorority members allegedly did not call for medical help, but placed buckets nearby in case they got sick.

Bogenberger was found dead the next morning.

23 fraternity members face criminal charges.

Northern Illinois University officials say they have finished their investigation into a deadly hazing incident but the victim’s family is going back to court.

The attorney representing the family of 19-year-old NIU freshman David Bogenberger will ask a Cook County judge to expedite the release of police reports related to the accident.

The attorney had requested those documents previously and says he doesn’t believe the police are stalling, but he does want to get the information as soon as possible.

Bogenberger, who graduated from Palatine High School, died in November after drinking heavily at an NIU fraternity pledge party. The  family’s lawsuit alleges that  fraternity members made Bogenberger consume a dangerous amount of alcohol as part of a hazing ritual and then failed to help him when he passed out.

Leaders of the fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha face criminal charges and NIU faces a wrongful death suit.

Lawyers for the family of a Northern Illinois University student who died in a fraternity hazing incident were back in court Tuesday trying to get more information for their lawsuit.

Freshman David Bogenberger of Palatine died last November after drinking heavy amounts of alcohol during a fraternity hazing ritual at Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity on the Dekalb campus.

Nearly two dozen fraternity members have been charged with hazing crimes.

In court today, a judge granted Bogenberger family lawyers a request from more evidence in their suit against the fraternity.

Attorneys want to know the names of those who organized and attended the party.

The lawsuit claims fraternity leaders made heavy drinking a condition of membership and that members failed to help Bogenberger when he became unconscious.

Bogenberger had a blood-alcohol level almost five times the legal limit when he died.

A fraternity at Northern Illinois University is being sued over a deadly hazing incident.

Freshman David Bogenberger of Palatine consumed five times the legal limit of alcohol during a frat initiation in November.

His body couldn’t take it and he died.

His family says, fellow frat members failed to get help when David passed out.

The suit names Pi Kappa Alpha its NIU chapter, and officers and members involved in the initiation.

Four fraternity brothers at Northern Illinois University will made first court appearance on Friday in Sycamore, after being charged in the death of a freshman student.

Alexander Jandick, Omar Salameh, Steven Libert and James Harvey were each charged with a felony last month following the death of freshman David Bogenberger.

Bogenberger, 19, of Palatine was found dead at the off-campus Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house on November 2.

The Dekalb County coroner’s office says his blood alcohol level was about five times the legal limit. The cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia, with alcohol intoxication as a significant contributing factor.

Prosecutors say they hazed David Bogenberger before he died of alcohol-induced heart trouble

An attorney for one of the accused says he doesn’t think the state will be able to link the death to criminal conduct.

Misdemeanor charges were filed against 17 members of the fraternity. In addition to the criminal charges, NIU announced disciplinary charges were filed against 31 fraternity members and the fraternity for violating the school’s code of conduct. They could face expulsion from school.

Felony hazing charges are filed against five fraternity leaders at Northern Illinois University in connection with the November death of 19-year-old David Bogenberger.
Misdemeanor charges were filed against 17 members. Three of them turned themselves in to the Dekalb police.
They are now free on bond, and they’re due back in court on January 8.
Bogenberger,  a freshman from Palatine, was pledging Pi Kappa Alpha. He attended an unsanctioned event at the fraternity’s house at 1020 W. Hillcrest, near campus.Police say the event was called, “parents night.” Pledges were assigned Greek “dads,” who were upperclassmen in the fraternity, and Greek “moms” from related sororities.
In a two hour period, 19 pledges rotated between several rooms in the frat house, where they were asked questions and given cups of alcohol to drink. When it was over, several pledges ended up passing out. Bogenberger later died.The Dekalb County coroner’s office says his blood alcohol level was about five times the legal limit. The cause of  death was cardiac arrhythmia,  with alcohol intoxication as a significant contributing factor.Bogenberger’s family released a statement saying, in part:“We have no desire for revenge.  Rather, we hope that some significant change will come from David’s death.
Alcohol poisoning claims far too many young, healthy lives.  We must realize that young people can and do die in hazing rituals.  Alcohol-involved hazing and initiation must end.
Felony arrest warrants were issued for: Alexander M. Jandik, 21, of Naperville, fraternity president, James P. Harvey, 21, of Dekalb, fraternity vice president, Omar Salameh, 21, of Dekalb, fraternity pledge advisor, Patrick W. Merrill, 19, of Dekalb, fraternity secretary, and Steven A. Libert, 20, of Naperville, event planner.
The school is currently on winter break.
Police say they will make arrangements for the men to turn themselves in.In addition to the criminal charges, NIU announced disciplinary charges were filed against 31 fraternity members and the fraternity for violating the school’s code of conduct. They could face expulsion from school.
Felony hazing charges are filed against five fraternity leaders at Northern Illinois University in connection with the November death of 19-year-old David BogenbergerMisdemeanor charges were filed against 17 members.
Two of them turned themselves in to the Dekalb police.
They are now free on bond, and they’re due back in court on January 8.
Bogenberger,  a freshman from Palatine, was pledging Pi Kappa Alpha. He attended an unsanctioned event at the fraternity’s house at 1020 W. Hillcrest, near campus.Police say the event was called, “parents night.” Pledges were assigned Greek “dads,” who were upperclassmen in the fraternity, and Greek “moms” from related sororities.
In a two hour period, 19 pledges rotated between several rooms in the frat house, where they were asked questions and given cups of alcohol to drink. When it was over, several pledges ended up passing out. Bogenberger later died.The Dekalb County coroner’s office says his blood alcohol level was about five times the legal limit. The cause of  death was cardiac arrhythmia,  with alcohol intoxication as a significant contributing factor.Bogenberger’s family released a statement saying, in part:

“We have no desire for revenge.  Rather, we hope that some significant change will come from David’s death.  Alcohol poisoning claims far too many young, healthy lives.  We must realize that young people can and do die in hazing rituals.  Alcohol-involved hazing and initiation must end.”

Felony arrest warrants were issued for: Alexander M. Jandik, 21, of Naperville, fraternity president, James P. Harvey, 21, of Dekalb, fraternity vice president, Omar Salameh, 21, of Dekalb, fraternity pledge advisor, Patrick W. Merrill, 19, of Dekalb, fraternity secretary, and Steven A. Libert, 20, of Naperville, event planner.

The school is currently on winter break. Police say they will make arrangements for the men to turn themselves in.

In addition to the criminal charges, NIU announced disciplinary charges were filed against 31 fraternity members and the fraternity for violating the school’s code of conduct. They could face expulsion from school.

Arrest warrants have been issued in the alcohol-related hazing death of a Northern Illlinois University freshman.

David Bogenberger, 19, of Palatine was found dead at the off-campus Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house on November 2.

Twenty-two warrants have been issued, and 5 fraternity leaders are facing felony hazing charges.

The Dekalb Police Department reports the fraternity hosted an unsanctioned social event for its 19 pledges the night before Bogenberger was found dead.

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