18 Penn State fraternity members charged in student's hazing death

PENNSYLVANIA (WSYR-TV) - Eighteen Penn state fraternity members were charged on Friday, three months after a sophomore died during a pledging activity.

The Centre County District Attorney says they now have a clear picture of how Timothy Piazza died.

It wasn't just the pledging ritual, but that the members of Beta Theta Pi tried to cover it up. Piazza fell down the stairs after the ritual, but frat brothers did not call for help until 12 hours later.

His parents hope no one else has to go through such a loss.

"In honor of our son, we are committed to doing everything that we can to ensure that no other parents will have to go through the pain and grief we are currently experiencing,” said Jim Piazza, Timothy’s father.

The District Attorney says surveillance cameras at the frat captured the crime beginning to end, now 18 students and the fraternity are facing multiple charges.

A court document obtained by PAHomepage.com details text messages between brothers, admitting to various acts of hazing.

Some brothers are facing up to 200 charges each.

Click here to see what each member was charged with and a detailed account of the night Piazza died.



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