In all, 11 members of the famed—and now suspended—Florida A&M Marching Band have been charged in the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion of Decatur, Ga., on Nov. 19, 2011.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Bo Emerson writes:
Looking back, the horror and betrayal Robert Champion’s family feels is crystallized in this fact: prominent in his funeral procession were several of those now accused in his death.At least two of them had already been expelled by Florida A&M University in conjunction with the hazing incident that cost the drum major his life, but the family wasn’t aware of that.
“To be there, to participate as if you were totally innocent,” said his mother, Pam Champion, sitting in her Decatur living room and shaking her head in disbelief. “It hurts.”
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