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Death at fraternity initiation at Vincennes University, Indiana

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  • Gina Glaros

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – An investigation continues into the death of a Vincennes University student.

Police say, 19-year-old William Torrance was found dead Friday morning after he had participated in a fraternity party the night before.

Torrance, who was from Bargersville, Indiana, was a freshman at the university.

He was also a pledge at a fraternity not recognized by the school.

Although the cause of his death hasn’t been determined yet, the Vincennes and Indiana State Police Departments believe alcohol was a factor.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; 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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