Eight people were arrested on Friday in connection with the death of a 19-year-old fraternity pledge, according to multiple reports.
The eight men, all between the ages of 19 and 22, were charged in connection with the death of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) student Adam Oakes, The Associated Press reported.
All eight were charged with unlawful hazing of a student while four are also charged with buying and giving alcohol to a minor. Three others were also indicted but are expected to surrender within the coming days, the news outlet noted.
The Hill has reached out to the Richmond Police Department for comment.
Oakes was found dead at an off-campus house after attending a party sponsored by the Delta Chi fraternity, according to The Washington Post. Oakes was later determined to have died of alcohol poisoning and his death was ruled an accident.
VCU later expelled the Delta Chi fraternity in June, according to the Post.
In a statement, Oakes’s family said the past seven months have been “agonizing,” according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
“This is the first time these young men have been held accountable for their historically toxic and destructive traditions, manipulation of the VCU disciplinary systems and for Adam's death,” the statement said.
In a statement to The Hill, VCU said it “continues to mourn the tragic death of Adam Oakes and is grateful to the Richmond Police Department for its investigation.”
“VCU is dedicated to continuing its efforts, announced this summer, to promote a safe and welcoming fraternity and sorority life culture for all,” the statement said.
The arrest comes after 15 former members of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Washington State University were similarly charged in June over an alcohol-related death of pledge Sam Martinez.