LSU hazing death: In TV interview, Roswell parents say son was murdered

LSU hazing death: In TV interview, Roswell parents say son was murdered

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Max Gruver (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The Roswell parents of a college freshman who died after an alleged hazing incident at LSU believe their son was murdered, the two told “Good Morning America.”

Max Gruver, 18, died Sept. 14 after a suspected hazing incident at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house, according to investigators. At the time of this death, Gruver had an alcohol level of .495 percent — more than six times the legal limit for drivers , the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office said. Ten current and former fraternity members were arrested on various charges, including misdemeanor hazing and felony negligent homicide.

The television interview with Stephen and Rae Ann Gruver aired Thursday morning. When asked if she believed her son was murdered, Rae Ann Gruver responded "yes." 

"It's senseless," she added of the allegations that her son was forced to consume alcohol prior to his death. "I mean, how is making your brother do all these things, and humiliating somebody, a brotherhood? How does that bond you? That's what I just don't understand ... It's just horrific."

Max Gruver was taken to a hospital from the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house in September.

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