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Report: 12 people soon will face charges in Cris Mendez Sigma Rho “beat-in” death

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12 people to face raps over ‘hazing’ victim’s death – report
09/08/2007 | 04:22 PM

Up to 12 people could be slapped with charges next week in relation to the death of Cris Anthony Mendez, who was allegedly a victim of hazing, GMA News Flash Report said on Saturday.

GMA News quoted Chief Inspector Lino Banaag, chief of the homicide section of the Quezon City police, as saying that authorities are now determining whether the suspected killers will be charged of homicide or murder.

Banaag reportedly said Francisco “Nico” Cruz, is among those who will face charges. Cruz is said to be a member of the Sigma Rho Fraternity.

The inspector, however, refused to identify the other suspects, while authorities are studying the appropriate charges that will be filed against the alleged perpetrators.

The report said a female suspect, allegedly a member of the Sigma Rho sorority, will be among those who will be charged.

Mendez, a graduating student of the University of the Philippines was declared dead on arrival at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City last August 27.

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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