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Orange County Sheriffs investigating death of FAMU Drum Major

By Lynn Hatter


Tallahassee, FL – Orange County Sheriff officials say they are in possession of a preliminary autopsy report in the death of a Florida A&M University student. Marching 100 Drum Major Robert Champion died last weekend following a football game in Orlando. Lynn Hatter reports the sheriff's office is conducting an investigation.

Orange County Sheriff officials are in Tallahassee as part of an investigation into the death of Robert Champion. Orange County Sheriff spokesman Captain Angelo Nieves says officers are trying to piece together the events preceding Champion's death. Rumors about what happened have swarmed around the case, and while sheriff officials initially said they did not suspect foul play, when questioned about whether that still holds true, Nieves said:

"What we're doing is, at this point, we're waiting for the medical examiners as we review that report in order to proceed any further with that."

FAMU will hold a vigil for Champion tonight. Band members have been told not to speak with the media and university officials are deferring to the Orange County Sheriff's office. 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.