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The Baton Rouge Ten

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LSU Police Department arrested 10 individuals on Oct. 11 in connection with the death  of Blessed Trinity Catholic High School Alumni and LSU student Maxwell Gruver, 18.

Matthew Alexander Naquin was arrested and also charged with negligent homicide.

Nine additional individuals: Zachary Castillo, Elliot Eaton, Patrick Forde, Sean Paul Gott, Zachary Hall, Ryan Isto, Hudson Kirkpatrick, Sean Pennison and Nicholas Taulli; were arrested on Wednesday.

 All suspects charged and booked for hazing are allegedly all connected to Phi Delta Theta, the fraternity of which Gruver was a pledge.

Gruver was taken from the fraternity house to Our Lady of the Lake for a “medical emergency” on Sept. 15 where he was later pronounced deceased.

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office initially released that “hospital admit blood and urine tests indicate a highly elevated blood alcohol level plus the presence of THC in the urine.”

Following the completion of a full autopsy by Dr. William “Beau” Clark of the Coroner’s Office, Gruver’s “manner of death is an accident.”

“Cause of death is acute alcohol intoxication with aspiration,” said Dr. Clark in the release.

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--http://realalaskadaily.com and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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