11 fraternity members indicted in connection with alcohol-poisoning death

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Sep. 27 2021, Published 9:29 a.m. ET

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  • Eleven people have been indicted in connection to a hazing death at a Virginia campus, according to multiple reports.
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    Officials said Adam Oakes died at a Virginia Commonwealth University off-campus house from alcohol poisoning in February.

    Last week, police announced charges against 11 members of a fraternity and said eight have already turned themselves in. The other three were expected to do the same, Richmond Police told WRIC 8 News.

    Those charged were:

    • Riley K. McDaniel, 21
    • Alessandro Medina-Villanueva, 21
    • Jason B. Mulgrew, 21
    • Christian G. Rohrbach, 22
    • Enayat W. Sheikhzad, 22
    • Benjamin J. Corado, 22
    • Quinn A. Kuby, 22
    • Colin G. Tran
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    VCU’s chapter of Delta Chi fraternity was permanently suspended in June after Oakes' death. An external review of VCU’s Greek Life recommended that alcohol be banned entirely at fraternity events, according to officials.

    The 19-year-old Oakes was found unresponsive at an off-campus house and Oakes' family told WTVR-TV that he had just received a bid to join the Delta Chi fraternity.

    Oakes was given a 40-shot bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey and was told to drink, his family told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

    "Do not tell us these are just 'boys,' Adam was just a boy," the family told CBS News.

    "He had his whole life ahead of him. He will never have the same opportunities or future these young men will. He will never graduate from college, never get married, never have kids, and never have the chance to grow into the person HE was meant to be. They stole that from him. They stole that from us."


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