Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods
Robert Champion's Hazing Death
Sudden Tragic Death
Sudden Tragic Death
On November 19, 2011, after F.A.M.U.'s loss to long-time rival Bethune-Cookman University at the Florida Classic football game, Robert Champion was found unconscious, at around 10 p.m., on the band's bus by bandmates. He was not breathing. Someone called 911 from the bus, parked at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. The 911 operator asked if the man was awake, to which the caller responded, "He wasn't responding. We thought he was breathing 'cause he was making noises, but I don't know even if he's breathing now." The caller continued, "He was just sitting there; we was just talking, next thing you know, he was shaking and not doing anything he wasn't moving." Another witness told the operator that Champion was not breathing. He reported that he had started to give the young man C.P.R., but that Champion began to vomit. Emergency responders arrived soon after and rushed Champion to Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Police did not suspect foul play at first.

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