In late November of last year, Robert Champion Jr was found unresponsive on his school’s band bus. His college, Florida A&M, a historically black college, had just played its biggest football game against Bethune-Cookman. Police ruled the band member’s death a homicide.
His family, who met with the media this week, maintains he died from injuries sustained in a hazing ritual. Others point to his sexuality, and opposition to hazing, as the reasons why he was attacked.