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November 1, 2014

Robert Champion was 26 when he died after being beaten inside a bus after a football game

A former Florida A&M band member was convicted Friday (31 October) of manslaughter and felony hazing in the 2011 death of the band's drum major, Robert Champion.

The jury in Florida took about an hour to convict 27-year-old Dante Martin who was the ringleader when it came to hazing ritual known as 'Crossing Bus C.'

Champion (pictured) was 26 when he died after enduring the ritual which involved band members beating him with punches, kicks, drumsticks, mallets while on a bus parked in a Orlando, Florida hotel parking lot.

October 26, 2014

Four band members face charges of felony hazing and manslaughter

Four Florida A & M University band members will go to trial next week for the 2011 hazing death of gay drum major Robert Champion, Jr.

Three years ago, The 26-year-old was subjected to a brutal hazing ritual called 'crossing bus C.'

It involved band members beating him with punches, kicks, drumsticks, mallets while on a bus parked in a Orlando, Florida hotel parking lot.

October 15, 2013

Australian Federal Police have alleged that military cadet Daniel McDonald, found guilty of broadcasting sex with a female cadet on Skype without her knowledge, was part of a group of footballers who hazed members with gay sex acts

An Australian military cadet, who has been found guilty of filming himself having sex with a female cadet without her knowledge and then broadcasting it on Skype, is alleged to have been involved in a group of military footballers who performed a homoerotic hazing ritual for members.

September 6, 2013

Priest refused to baptize son and told British lesbian moms they were 'living in ignorance' and were 'lost'

A vicar lectured a British lesbian couple about how they were 'lost' and 'living in ignorance' – and then refused to baptise their baby as planned.

Lesbian moms, Aimi and Victoria Leggett have spoken to Gay Star News about the discrimination they faced when they wanted to have their son christened at their local church in Portsmouth, southern England.

The couple, who have been in a civil partnership for two years, arranged to have their one year old son Alfie baptized by Reverend Andy Norris at St Mary’s Church, Warsash.

June 8, 2013

After getting house arrest for Robert Champion's death, defendants promise to combat hazing

For the death of a gay Florida A&M University student, two defendants get to stay home.

Yesterday (7 June) in an Orange County Circuit courtroom, former FAMU drum majors Rikki Wills and Shawn Turner admitted they were on the bus in 2011 November when fellow drum major Robert Champion died. The 26-year-old was subjected to a brutal hazing ritual called 'crossing bus c.' It involved band members pummeling him with punches, kicks and drumsticks.

September 13, 2012

Robert Champion's parents blast school for its remarks

Florida A&M University said in court papers filed this week that the drum major in their marching band 'should have refused to participate' in the hazing that resulted in his death after a football game last November.

The University is seeking to have a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the parents of 26 year old Robert Champion dismissed. Thirteen fellow students have been charged in the death but the university maintains it is not responsible.

May 4, 2012

Their son, Robert Champion, died after being pummeled in hazing ritual

The parents of a 26-year-old drum major want the Florida A&M University marching band program disbanded until the school rids itself of the kind of hazing rituals that resulted in their son's death.

Robert Champion Jr., who was gay, was pummeled aboard a bus by fellow band members after a performance against a rival school and 13 people were charged this week (3 May) in his death.

May 3, 2012

Robert Champion Jr. died after being pummeled in hazing ritual

Five months after Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion Jr. died following a pummeling by fellow members of the marching band, 13 people have been charged in his death.

The death of the 26-year-old Champion, who was gay, has brought about a focus on college hazing rituals. The beating took place aboard a chartered bus parked outside of a Orlando hotel after a performance.

April 1, 2012

The investigation of Robert Champion's death is over; prosecutors will have to decide what charges to bring

As the United States media hits warp drive in the Trayvon Martin case, there is still no resolution in Robert Champion, Jr's  death.

February 12, 2012

Florida A&M University announces anti-hazing research initiative in response to the death of Robert Champion

The president of Florida A&M University announced the school would be part of $50,000 research initiative to study the effects of hazing.

"Hazing is one issue that many colleges and universities face, yet it presents a serious challenge to uncover and address as a hidden culture, shrouded in secrecy," said university President James Ammons as reported by the Root.

The study will be examined by a seven member independent committee that will make recommendations to the school.

January 14, 2012

Details of Robert Champion Jr death on school’s band bus emerge. Federal investigation demanded

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.