UNC Chapel Hill fraternity suspended after possible hazing death

by: Erica Bryant Updated:


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - A UNC Chapel Hill fraternity being investigated for possible hazing after a Charlotte teenager fell to his death has been suspended.

The Chi Phi Chapter has been shut down until the national organization and the university complete an investigation.

This comes a little more than a year after Charlotte-native and Myers Park graduate David Shannon fell to his death at a concrete plant near the school.

He was pledging the fraternity at the time.

His blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit when he fell.

Police are not saying hazing was a direct cause of his death, but they do believe other students witnessed the accident.

In a statement on its website, the fraternity cited “risk management violations including alcohol violations and inappropriate new member activities" as the reason for the suspension.

Neither the university nor the fraternity made a direct correlation to Shannon's death.  

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