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Radford death ruled from hazing

Radford fraternity members charged with hazing in connection with death

By Shawna Morrison | The Roanoke Times

Seven men have been charged with hazing and supplying alcohol to an underage person in connection with the death last year of a Radford University student.

Samuel Harris Mason, 20, was found dead at a home on Fairfax Street the morning of Oct. 15.

A medical examiner found that he died of acute ethanol poisoning.

A special Radford grand jury heard testimony over three days and on Sept. 9 handed up indictments against seven members of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Radford, Lt. Andy Wilburn said today.

The men are: Dustin Lee Moore, Ryan N. Lawson, Chadwick N. Evancho, Christopher Michael Pizzi, William Taylor Burke, Christopher Scott Cothren and Louis Hoskins Trible.

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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