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Penn State frat members appear in court in pledge's death

The 18 students and the university's Beta Theta Pi chapter face charges including involuntary manslaughter aggravated assault and tampering with evidence in the death of Timothy Piazza TIMELINE: The events from the night surrounding the death of Timothy Piazza
Eleena Tovar | 15 May, 2017, 18:42

Eight more members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Pennsylvania State University will be arraigned this afternoon on charges in the February death of 19-year-old Tim Piazza.

In the grand jury's report they say there is evidence of a history of hazing at Beta Theta Pi that included forced drinking and paddling, and that Penn State's Greek community "nurtured an environment so permissive of excessive drinking and hazing that it emboldened its members to repeatedly act with reckless disregard to human life".

They were seen on camera trying to slap him awake, and at one point, two of the brothers landed on top of his unconscious body.

There was also evidence that after Piazza was found, attempts to cover up what happened were made before help was called.

"In honor of our son, we are committed to doing everything that we can to ensure that no other parents will have to go through the pain and grief we are now experiencing", said Jim Piazza, Timothy Piazza's father.

"I would say this is very clearly a national problem", Barron said. Davis said fraternity members had picked him up and taken him to an urgent care facility, but no one ever called 911.

"He was the unfortunate road kill in this adventure by these young men who thought that they were above the law", he said. "They had faculty advisors, they had a attractive house, they had cameras, there were no external parties - we would have said this a model fraternity".

The grand jury, aided by security camera footage, said the fraternity was heavily stocked with booze for the February 2 ceremony at which the sophomore engineering student from Lebanon, Nnew Jersey, and 13 others accepted pledge bids.

A Ronkonkoma teen was allegedly involved in the hazing death of a fraternity pledge at Penn State.

The 911 call, in which a former member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity called and requested emergency services for Timothy Piazza, was released to the Associated Press on Monday.

The next day Piazza was dead. Ten other fraternity members faced arraignment on Friday, with the most serious charges ranging from involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault to hazing and furnishing alcohol to minors.

Penn State President Eric Barron in a statement Friday said, "The alleged details in the grand jury presentment, which suggest the inhumane treatment of a student forced through hazing to consume unsafe amounts of alcohol and endure hours of suffering, are sickening and hard to understand". It wasn't until almost 12 hours later that anyone called 911 to get help - and by then, it was too late.

Sala and Yochim are among 18 members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity facing charges.

Greg Eibach and Sarah Buynovsky, both from Channel 6 WNEP, shoot a news standup outside the Penn State University Beta Theta Pi fraternity house on campus on May 5, 2017 in State College. "But if behind closed doors, a group of people are willing to band together, keep something secret and not tell anyone, how is that universities can manage a situation like that?"

Barron called Piazza's death and the current situation, "heart wrenching and incomprehensible".

Craig Heimer, 21, of Port Matilda, Centre County: Reckless endangerment, hazing, alcohol-related charges.

Piazza would eventually fall down the basement stairs once more, striking his head yet again.