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Illinois Fraternity members charged after student dies

2:23 AM, Dec 18, 2012   |    comments
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DEKALB, Ill. (AP) - Nearly two dozen fraternity members at Northern Illinois University are facing hazing-related charges after a student was found dead at their fraternity house following a night of drinking.           

Arrest warrants were issued Monday for 22 members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity in DeKalb.  Five members are charged with felony hazing. The others are facing misdemeanors.           

The fraternity didn't return emails and phone messages seeking comment.           

The warrants were filed after 19-year-old freshman David Bogenberger was found unresponsive at the fraternity house in November.

The local coroner ruled the cause of death as cardiac arrhythmia, with alcohol intoxication as a contributing cause. The coroner says Bogenberger's blood-alcohol level was about five times the legal limit for driving.       

NIU says the fraternity has been temporarily removed as a recognized student organization.

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