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No charges in University of Buffalo death–WKBW

Moderator:  Here is the link.  Wonder why it took an entire year to reach this choice?

Here is an excerpt:

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Erie County District Attorney’s Office says charges will not be filed in connection to the death of a University at Buffalo student last year.

According to District Attorney John Flynn’s office, the investigation into the death of 18-year-old Sebastian Serafin-Bazan has been closed.

Serafin-Bazan’s death was suspected to be connected to a hazing incident which occurred at an off-campus University at Buffalo Sigma Pi fraternity house located on Custer Street in Buffalo.

Mrs. Ev Piazza, mother of Tim who was tragically killed in a hazing at Penn State, wrote this in social media:  “This is an absolute travesty of justice! Sebastian was brutally hazed, which caused his death. People ran like cockroaches in daylight when 911 was called for him. If they didn’t do anything wrong then why did they run? Absolutely infuriating for parents who have lost a child due to such cruelty and we are heartbroken for his parents, family and friends that this is not recognized for the crime that it is!”

Moderator: More to come here as I search for facts regarding the dropping of this case. –Hank Nuwer

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska 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 current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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