UL fraternities suspended after LSU hazing death

Elias Hubbard
October 12, 2017

LSU Police Department arrested 10 individuals on October 11 in connection with the death of Blessed Trinity Catholic High School Alumni and LSU student Maxwell Gruver, 18.

Matthew Naquin, 19, of 7650 Keeneland Drive, Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, was the only one booked on negligent homicide in addition to the hazing count.

The nine suspects facing only hazing charges are Zachary Castillo, of Gretna; Sean Paul Gott, of Lafayette; Sean Pennison, of Mandeville; Hudson Kirkpatrick, of Baton Rouge; Elliott Eaton, of New Orleans; Patrick Forde, of Westwood, Massachusetts; Nicholas Tavlli, of Cypress, Texas; Zachary Hall, of Charlotte, North Carolina; and Ryan Isto, who is from Canada.

Gruver kicked the bucket at a Baton Rouge clinic on September 14 after Phi Delta Theta individuals discovered him lying on a sofa at the clique house and couldn't tell on the off chance that he was breathing, police said.

An autopsy showed Gruver's blood-alcohol content level at the time of his death was 0.495, East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark said Wednesday.

According to the Associated Press, police reports suggest that Gruver may have been forced to consume excessive amounts of alcohol the night before his death.

According to Dr. Clark, "toxicology testing has indicated that Mr. Gruver's alcohol level was.495 at his time of death". An arrest report alleged Naquin "was the most aggressive by far during the hazing event".

"The LSU Police Department has spoken with the Gruver family all through the examination procedure, and the college has likewise been in contact with them in regards to the present captures", LSU's announcement says.

According to a news release, the Task Force, composed of 11 members including students, staff, administrative representation and external volunteers, will begin the review the overall governance and oversight of Greek organizations.

Police executed court orders at the club house and at Gruver's apartment.

"Investigators also learned that there were several text messages sent about (Gruver's) condition", the affidavit said.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards solicited pioneers from the state's advanced education framework to survey their grounds approaches on right of passage, liquor and medications following Gruver's demise.

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