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Family to sue owner of bus where FAMU student died

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Posted: Jan 10, 2012 8:21 AM
Updated: Jan 10, 2012 8:21 AM
Source: Associated Press

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The family of a Florida A&M band member who died after a hazing ritual last November will sue the company that owns the bus where it took place.

Robert Champion's parents and their attorney told The Associated Press the bus company's negligence contributed to his death.

The owner of Fabulous Coach Lines, Ray Land, says his staff did everything to get help once they were notified there was a problem.

An autopsy concluded Champion suffered blunt trauma.

Witnesses have told Champion's parents the 26-year-old drum major may have been targeted for severe hazing because of his opposition to the marching band's hazing rituals.

Other witnesses have told them Champion being gay, and the fact that he was a candidate for chief drum major, also may have played roles.

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