Marching Band Drum Major Dies after Suspected Hazing
They are one of the nation's leading college marching bands, but now a dark cloud hangs over the Florida A&M marching band after one of its drum majors died. Authorities believe he could have been the victim of a hazing ritual. INSIDE EDITION r
It's one of the nation's most famous marching bands. But now, Florida A&M's Marching 100 has been rocked by the suspected hazing death of one of its drum majors.
26-year-old Robert Champion collapsed and died after a performance at a football game.
Police believe he was the victim of a violent hazing on the band bus.
They had a grim warning for the students involved:
"Any death that occurs as a result of hazing is a third-degree felony," the Orange County Sheriff said.
The Florida A&M band is known for its high-energy routines. The band also represented the state of Florida during President Obama's Inauguration parade.
Friends of Champion, a music major, posted a poignant tribute to him on YouTube, to the accompaniment of the band's music.
The Tallahassee-based university has suspended all band activities during the probe of Champion's death.
Trending on Inside Edition
Trump Invokes Fifth Amendment in New York Civil Fraud Probe as New Details Emerge About FBI Raid at Mar-a-LagoPolitics
Maverick the Dog Helps Find a Missing Child in North CarolinaAnimals
Videos Show Teens How to Steal Certain Kias And Hyundais With Only a USB Cable, Police Warn Amid Rising TheftsInvestigative
New York Man Killed in Freak Accident at a Town Trash Transfer StationNews
Who Killed Jared Bridegan? 2-Year-Old Girl Is the Only Witness to Dad's Gruesome MurderCrime