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A death in Indiana: Wabash

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Wabash College freshman found dead at fraternity

The Associated Press

Police in Indiana say a college freshman was found dead over the weekend in his fraternity house and suspect that alcohol was involved.Officials say 18-year-old Johnny D. Smith had pledged to the Delta Tau Delta fraternity at all-male Wabash College. The Tucson, Ariz., native lived at the fraternity house but had not yet been initiated.

Smith’s mother told The Indianapolis Star that her son was found Sunday morning face down in a pool of vomit.

Jim Russell, the fraternity’s national executive vice president, declined to say whether there was a party at the fraternity the night before Smith’s death.

An autopsy was pending.

Wabash College is 40 miles northwest of Indianapolis.


By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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