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37 face charges in fraternity death blamed on 'brutal' hazing ritual

37 face charges in fraternity death blamed on 'brutal' hazing ritual

By the time Chun Michael Deng -- Michael to his family and friends -- made it to a hospital on that cold December morning, he was struggling to breathe after being beaten and knocked unconscious while staggering blindfolded under the weight of a heavy backpack.

The 19-year-old college student, an aspiring Pi Delta Psi frat brother, died shortly afterward. Nearly two years later, a grand jury has indicted 36 people and the fraternity on charges including murder in the latest example of what prosecutors say is a case of fatal hazing.

Police in Pocono Summit, Pa., a bucolic region about 100 miles west of New York City, announced the indictments Monday, and on Tuesday they said...

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