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Former MSU students face criminal charges for another student's death


Three former Michigan State University students are facing criminal charges for the death of another student. They were all members of the same fraternity.

Last November, MSU student Phat Nguyen was found dead in the basement of the Pi Alpha Phi fraternity. He had been participating in a pledge event. According to autopsy reports, Nguyen's cause of death was alcohol poisoning.

Now, three leaders of the student group have been charged with hazing.

MSU spokesperson Dan Olson says the fraternity has been disbanded. "The university removed the organization from student organizations indefinitely and for at least 10 years," he says.

Olson says the students are not enrolled in classes for the fall semester but could not confirm or deny whether they were expelled or suspended.

As WKAR's Bilingual Latinx Stories Reporter, Michelle reports in both English and Spanish on stories affecting Michigan's Latinx community. Michelle is also the voice of WKAR's weekend news programs.