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Charges pending in hazing

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Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014 10:30 am

Charges are expected to be filed this week in the death of Michael Deng of Bayside, who died during a fraternity hazing in December.

According to published reports, up to 30 members of the Pi Delta Psi fraternity at Baruch College could face charges ranging from hazing to homicide.

Members have been accused of using illegal hazing practices on Deng, who had wanted to join the fraternity and died on Dec. 8 during an initiation weekend in the Poconos.

Also implicated in the case is Andy Meng, brother of Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), who was national president of the fraternity at the time and although not at the hazing, allegedly instructed members by phone to get rid of incriminating fraternity items before police arrived.

It is believed that Deng was blindfolded and made to wear a heavy backpack while he was repeatedly tackled by fraternity members. He suffered major brain trauma.

Deng reportedly was not taken for medical help for 90 minutes. The fraternity is now banned at Baruch.

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