District attorney taking over investigation of LSU hazing death
BATON ROUGE - District Attorney Hillar Moore says his office is taking over the investigation into an alleged hazing incident that led to the death of an 18-year-old LSU student.
In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Moore said his office would review all reports, interviews and evidence collected for all possible criminal conduct.
"This is a very serious matter involving allegations of dangerous behavior and a gross disregard for the health and safety of a fellow student," Moore's statement read.
The district attorney says he expects the investigation to take "considerable" time while all of the evidence is reviewed, adding that all 10 people arrested have not yet been proven guilty.
"We will be fair to all involved, including the Gruver family and those alleged to have committed these acts," the statement continued.
You can read Moore's full statement below:
With the arrests made today by the LSUPD on hazing and negligent homicide charges, the Office of the District Attorney will now review all reports, interviews and evidence collected for all possible criminal conduct. This is a very serious matter involving allegations of dangerous behavior and a gross disregard for the health and safety of a fellow student. We ask that if anyone has any information relevant to this case, please contact my office or LSUPD.
This matter will take considerable time to unfold and complete. I appreciate the efforts by the LSUPD to conduct a comprehensive investigation. The speed and outcome will be dictated by the facts, evidence and our judicial system. We will be fair to all involved including the Gruver family and those alleged to have committed these acts. Those arrested are presumed innocent.
I have been in contact with the parents of Max Gruver. They are still struggling with the loss of their son, which is made worse by the media coverage surrounding the case. They simply want to know the facts and circumstances of their son’s death. They once again respectfully request to be left alone at this time and do not wish to make any comment.
I am sure that there are many legitimate questions that the family, media and public have concerning all aspects of this case. Unfortunately, most questions will not be able to be discussed or answered until this case is concluded.