How sad. Michael Deng just wanted to be a member of the Pi Delta Psi frat at Baruch College, but he tragically died during a hazing ritual. Now, the 37 members of the fraternity involved in his murder have been charged, with some potentially facing up to 20 years in prison!
It’s heartbreaking to think how young Chun “Michael” Deng was when he died. Nearly two years after hazing took the life of the 19-year-old, the members of the fraternity reportedly responsible for his death have been charged over his murder. 37 brothers of the Pi Delta Psi fraternity of Baruch College face a range of criminal allegations, with some frat brothers looking at a possible third-degree murder conviction!
Michael died on Dec. 9, 2013 during a hazing ritual while in in Tukhanock Township, Pennsylvania, reports the New York Times. Michael was blindfolded and told to make his way across a frozen yard while wearing a backpack weighted down with sand. While he tried to get to the other side, members of the Pi Delta Psi frat allegedly tried to tackle him. During one tackle, Michael was reportedly lifted up and dropped to the ground.
Michael complained that his head hurt and he was eventually knocked out. Frat members reportedly delayed in seeking medical help for him. It would be an hour before the frat took him to the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital, reports Daily Mail, but not before they reportedly contacted their National Fraternity President for help!
Some even researched his condition online before taking him in for medical assistance. Those members who took him to the hospital reportedly lied to doctors, claiming that Michael hurt himself while wrestling, according to NBC News. Sadly, he was pronounced dead the next day.
Five of the frat members — Charles Lai, Kenny Kwan, Raymond Lam, Daniel Li, Sheldon Wong — will face charges of criminal homicide and involuntary manslaughter on recommendation from a grand jury. They also face charges of assault, hindering apprehension and hazing. They could get up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the third-degree murder charge.
Three frat brothers — Steffen Loh, Anthony Phung and Steve Chen — were given recommended charges of aggravated assault, hindering apprehension and hazing. Two other members, David Chen and Brian Choong, are facing charges of simple assault, hindering apprehension and criminal conspiracy. The other 27 members of the fraternity have also been charged with hindering apprehension, hazing and conspiracy.
We send out sympathies out to Michael Deng’s family as they continue to deal with the sad loss of their young son.
— Jason Brow