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FAMU sets memorial service for fallen "hundred" drum major

Robert Champion died in Nov. 2011 after he was beaten in a hazing ritual aboard a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel.
Robert Champion

By Lynn Hatter


Tallahassee, FL – Florida A&M University will hold a memorial service for the Marching 100 drum major who died this past weekend following the Florida classic football game in Orlando. Lynn Hatter reports the service will be held Tuesday.

University faculty, staff and students will gather at 6:30 pm at FAMU's Lee Hall Auditorium to honor the memory of Robert Champion. Champion was a drum major for the Marching 100 and died Saturday night after the football game.

Officials with the Orange County Sheriff's Office said Champion was vomiting and complaining of not being able to breathe in the parking lot of an Orlando hotel where the Marching 100 was staying after the game. He was transported to Dr. Phillips Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Orange county sheriff officials say results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death won't be available for several days.

Along with the memorial service, FAMU is offering grief counseling for fellow band members and students.