Five people, including the former national president of a fraternity, have been charged in the death of a New York City college freshman during a hazing ritual in Pennsylvania, police said Tuesday.
Fraternity members at Baruch College physically abused Chun ‘Michael’ Deng, then tried to cover it up as the 19-year-old lay dying in their rented house in the Pocono Mountains, police said.
Pocono Mountain Regional police planned to arrest suspects in waves, moving from least to most culpable, after a grand jury recommended charges for 37 people in Deng’s December 2013 death.
The first five suspects, including former Pi Delta Psi President Andy Meng, were charged with hazing, conspiracy and hindering apprehension and were making arrangements Tuesday to turn themselves in.
Meng, 30, of Queens, allegedly received calls from frat members asking for guidance after Deng started having trouble breathing.
Meng, who is the younger brother of U.S. Congresswoman from New York Grace Meng, was serving as the fraternity’s national president at the time of Deng’s death.
According to the New York Post, police say Meng instructed the brothers to hide any items that might implicate the fraternity.
Fraternity members waited an hour to take Deng to the hospital after he was blindfolded, forced to wear a heavy backpack and then repeatedly tackled during a hazing ritual known as glass ceiling, Police Chief Chris Wagner said at a news conference.
Deng fell unconscious and was carried inside the house while fraternity members called Meng, changed Deng’s clothes and did a Google search of his symptoms.
A forensic pathologist determined Deng suffered repeated trauma to the head, torso and thighs, and ‘the forces were significant and severe,’ police said in a statement.