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Tallahassee police label December FSU fraternity death an accident, not hazing. Deaths involve FSU SAE and Sig Ep.

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The death of a popular Florida State University student found unresponsive inside the Sigma Phi Epsilon house in December has been determined accidental, according to an autopsy released late Tuesday.

The District Two Medical Examiner’s Office said the death of William Eppes Proctor, 22, was due to “right epidural hematoma due to laceration of the right middle meningeal artery as a consequence of blunt-force head trauma.”

William Eppes Proctor, a senior at Florida State University, was pronounced dead Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020

Lt. John Baker, spokesman for the Florida State University Police Department, said Proctor’s death remains an active investigation, but investigators do not believe hazing or foul play, was involved.

“Hazing is not suspected, not at all,” Baker said Tuesday evening. “Right now, we are still in the middle of this investigation. We don’t suspect foul play. We want to make sure we investigate it to its fullest extent. We’re still combing through evidence to make the best conclusion we can.”

Roof fall again:


A former Florida State University student was found dead Wednesday morning outside the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house, prompting police to investigate reports he fell from the roof in an accident.

Two members of the fraternity, who did not provide their names, told the Tallahassee Democrat someone fell from the roof of the frat house at 415 W. College Ave.

Lt. John Baker, a spokesman for the FSU Police Department, said the victim was a 21-year-old former student. The department did not release his name.

A member of the fraternity who asked to remain anonymous said he was dedicated and dependable and had a great sense of humor.

“He held leadership roles within the fraternity,” his friend said, “and was a member of the Army Reserves, set to be deployed to Afghanistan in October.”

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. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

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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