Roswell teen's death on LSU campus 'possible hazing incident'

by: Justin Wilfon Updated:

BATON ROUGE, La. - An 18-year-old from Roswell died overnight in what investigators are calling a “possible hazing incident" on Louisiana State University's campus. 

According to LSU Media Relations Director Ernie Ballard, the coroner’s office identified the victim as Maxwell Gruver.

Gruver was taken to a hospital from the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house Wednesday night. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

"I want to emphasize that this is an evolving situation. We are investigating this matter with the utmost seriousness," LSU President F. King Alexander said at a Thursday news conference.

Gruver graduated from Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell earlier this year. 

Alexander said all Greek activities are suspended indefinitely pending the results of the investigation.

“Hazing is dangerous, irresponsible and unacceptable. And it will not be tolerated at LSU,”  he said.

The exact circumstances surrounding Gruver's death are unclear. 

"Alcohol is part of the investigation. We've heard this and that from a number of different sources," Alexander said. 

No arrests have been made in the case. 

Phi Delta Theta released a statement saying:  

"Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters is investigating the Louisiana Beta Chapter at Louisiana State University following a tragic event that resulted in the passing of prospective member, Max Gruver.

"As a result of this incident, the Fraternity has suspended the operations at the chapter pending a thorough investigation into the events that led up to this heartbreaking incident.

“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Gruver family, and all who knew Max, during this very difficult time.” 

"Since learning of the allegations, Phi Delta Theta officials have been fully cooperating with Louisiana State University administrators, law enforcement and local alumni officers.

“We’re committed to investigating this situation thoroughly. The chapter and any individuals who are found to have violated our policies will be held accountable.

"Any further disciplinary action against the chapter will be made following the completion of the investigation."

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