Vigil planned on anniversary of FAMU drum major's death

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Monday, Nov. 19, 2012

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) -- The family of a Florida A&M drum major who died a year ago after being beaten during a hazing ritual plan a candlelight vigil on Monday to mark the anniversary.

Authorities have charged more than a dozen fellow band members in Robert Champion's death. Champion's family, who lives in Georgia, was recently offered a $300,000 settlement from the school. Their attorney has called the offer "substantively low."

Ten FAMU band members face felony hazing charges in the case, while two others face misdemeanor counts.

In their lawsuit, Champion's parents contend university officials didn't take action to stop hazing, though a dean proposed suspending the famed Marching 100 band just days before their son died.

A family spokesman says the vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Decatur, Ga.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)


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