Five Pi Delta Psi members at Baruch College in New York City were charged with third-degree murder on Monday for the 2013 hazing death of student and fraternity pledge Chun “Michael” Deng, according to multiple reports.
Thirty-two others face criminal charges in assault, hindering apprehension and hazing, according to The New York Times.
In December of 2013, Deng, a 19-year-old freshman at Baruch, was attending a fraternity retreat in Pennsylvania where he was forced to carry a backpack filled with 30 lbs. of sand and walk blindfolded across a frozen yard. During this hazing ritual — called the “glass ceiling” — Pi Delta Psi members attempted to get in his way and tackle him, according to a Times’ account of a Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department statement.
The statement, it reports, went one to say that these tackles allegedly involved members picking him up and throwing him on the ground, an act referred to as “spearing.” Although Deng complained of head pains, he continued the process until he was knocked out. The fraternity delayed in seeking medical help, the Times reported.