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New details emerge in the hazing-related death of a FAMU band member

Robert Champion died in November 2011 due to injuries sustained in a hazing ritual.
Robert Champion

By Lynn Hatter

Tallahassee, FL – New details are emerging in the death of a Florida A&M University band member. Lynn Hatter reports a recently released 9-11 call and interviews with the band's former director are clearing out the picture of what happened to drum major Robert Champion after a November 19th football game in Orlando.

"Ma'am we have a band member on the bus and he's not breathing. We're at the Rosen Plaza "

The sound from the 911 call released by the Associated Press shows that Robert Champion had vomited and stopped breathing before he was taken to the hospital where he died.

"I'm with him ma'am and he's not breathing. I tried to give him CPR and he started to vomit."

The call is similar to reports by the Orange County Sheriff's department which released similar information earlier in the month.

In an interview with the New York Times, the band's former Director Julian White, says a small group of band members punched Champion repeatedly as part of a hazing ritual. Authorities have not confirmed those details.

Four members of the band have been expelled from the university due to their involvement with hazing activities that Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said occurred, "prior to the 911 call for assistance."

The family of Robert Champion is planning a lawsuit against the university. A criminal investigation is ongoing.