19-year old Timothy Piazza’s death has shocked the entire nation. A Penn State sophomore, he was found dead on February 3 at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house. The affable teenager’s death was an unresolved mystery that seems to have been solved only now.
For the last three months, his family and friends have been demanding justice for the boy who was loved and respect at the Penn State University. Now around twenty members of a Penn State University fraternity have been accused for role in his death.
A CNBCNews report while talking about the development says that around 20 members of a Penn State University fraternity are facing criminal charges, including involuntary manslaughter. The details of the case were announced by Pennsylvania prosecutors Friday.
Latest reports suggest that as many as eighteen members belonging to Beta Theta Pi were set to be arraigned Friday afternoon. Timothy Piazza was an engineering student and had been a brilliant student throughout till he lost his life mysteriously.
His family has been in the mourning ever since the incident happened on 3rd February. His father, Jim, called his son’s death a “senseless and very preventable tragedy” in a press conference. He called Timothy’s death the “result of a feeling of entitlement and flagrant disregard” for the law, according to the Morning Call.
Latest report suggest that the engineering major was found at the of stairs while his blood alcohol level was around .40. When police arrived, they found the college student at the bottom of the staircase unconscious. Fraternity members said “Piazza fell down the basement stairs while intoxicated the night before”.
There was gross negligence on the part of the fraternity members. An NBC report says that prosecutors allege that “four brothers allegedly carried him upstairs after the fall and placed him on a couch that night but no one called 911 till the next morning. Piazza died at the hospital.” The coroner ruled Piazza’s death accidental “and said he sustained multiple traumatic injuries from the fall,” reports NBC.
There are allegations that the fraternity which is expected to be drinking free was awash in drinking and pledging rituals. An NBC report says that in the week leading up to Timothy Piazza’s death, “one Beta brother bought nearly $1,180 worth of alcohol, including Four Loko and Crown Russe vodka, prosecutors said”.
The NBC report goes on to add, “Text messages and a chat group called ‘we f— moms’ revealed members allegedly asking about buying alcohol, including for pledges, and collecting money for their so-called ‘slush fund,…during the pledge night event, the recruits were required to drink various types of alcohol at stations as part of a contest known as ‘the gauntlet.'”
A couple of fraternity members are facing serious charges leading to his death. “Surveillance video shows four frat brothers carrying Piazza’s unresponsive body up the stairs and placing him on a couch. There, they are allegedly seen unsuccessfully trying to wake him up by pouring liquid on his face…A newly-initiated brother said he tried to tell others Piazza could have a concussion and he should be taken to a hospital, but he said his concerns were ignored. Another brother allegedly shoved him into a wall, and told him to leave because they had it under control” CBS report says.