Suspended fraternity seeks legal aid after suicide

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The president and several members of a suspended Penn State-Altoona fraternity have sought legal advice after a former member’s family blamed an alleged hazing ritual for the young man’s suicide.

Phi Sigma Kappa member Marquise Braham jumped from the roof of a New York hotel on March 14. Mike Paul, a spokesman for Braham’s family told the Altoona Mirror that information from Braham’s laptop computer and cellphone contain a “tremendous” amount of information suggesting Braham committed suicide because of guilt and distress from unspecified hazing.

The local fraternity’s president, Eric Traister, has denied hazing through his attorney, Ted Krol, who said his client planned to speak with Logan Township police, who are investigating the events before Braham’s death along with campus police.

The national headquarters has suspended the Penn State-Altoona chapter of the fraternity indefinitely.

Meanwhile, Braham’s family is encouraging his former fraternity brothers to tell police what they know.

“If you truly love Marquise, do what’s best in his name right now,” Mr. Paul said, repeating the message of Rich Braham, the victim’s father. “Communicate what you know instead of being guarded.”


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