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The death of Arman Partamian

NYC student who died had been drinking for hours

Newsday Staff Writer
A 19-year-old college student found dead in an off-campus house in western New York drank a large amount of alcohol in the hours before he died, state police said Monday.

Arman Partamian was among 20 to 30 people who attended a party Saturday near the State University of New York at Geneseo, where he was studying biology.

Partamian, a sophomore from Queens, began drinking Saturday afternoon, was helped to bed late that night and was found dead the next morning by another student, said Trooper Mark O’Donnell, a state police spokesman.

“We believe that he started drinking about 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon, drank for a very long, extended time, took a break for a few hours and then started back up,” O’Donnell said. “A few friends helped him to bed … close to midnight … and he was found around 11 a.m. on Sunday unresponsive.” It could take up to two months to complete toxicology tests and determine the cause of death, O’Donnell said, adding that investigators have interviewed several people who attended the party.

Partamian lived in a residence hall on campus. He was a member of Geneseo’s volunteer fire department.

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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