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Police arrest 10 people in Roswell student's death during LSU fraternity pledge

Max Gruver (Source: Facebook) Max Gruver (Source: Facebook)
BATON ROUGE, LA (CBS46/AP) -

Ten people are facing hazing charges in the death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge after a night of drinking last month.

A LSU statement on Wednesday says one of the 10 suspects also faces a negligent homicide charge in the death of 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver, a freshman from Roswell, Georgia.

Gruver died at a hospital on Sept. 14 after Phi Delta Theta members found him lying on a couch at the fraternity house and couldn’t tell if he was breathing.

A coroner said hospital tests found a “highly elevated” blood-alcohol level in Gruver’s body. That level was .495, more than six times the legal limit for driving. CBS46 received word that the alcohol consumed a drink called "Diesel" and is 190 proof.

Witnesses told police that the fraternity’s pledges were forced to drink to excess the night before Gruver’s death.

LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard says eight of the suspects are LSU students.

The suspects are listed below along with the charges they're facing:

  • Matthew Alexander Naquin, (hazing and negligent homicide) 
  • Zachary Castillo, (hazing)
  • Elliott Eaton, (hazing)
  • Patrick Forde, (hazing)
  • Sean Paul Gott, (hazing)
  • Zachary Hall, (hazing)
  • Ryan Isto, (hazing)
  • Hudson Kirkpatrick, (hazing)
  • Sean Pennison, (hazing)
  • Nicholas Taulli, (hazing)

View pictures of the suspects in the slideshow below or click here.

Gruver lived in Roswell and graduated from Blessed Trinity Catholic High School. 

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