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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

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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