Hazing investigations ongoing

Investigations are ongoing to determine whether a Penn State Altoona fraternity has conducted illegal hazing rituals.

Marquise Braham, 19, jumped to his death off the Marriott Long Island Hotel in Nassau County, N.Y., on March 14. Braham’s family believes hazing might have been the reason for the suicide.

Phi Sigma Kappa members deny accusations of hazing, and many have expressed outrage at the accusations, their attorneys Ted Krol and Thomas Dickey have said.

Penn State Altoona, Logan Township police, and the national headquarters for the fraternity are conducting separate investigations. Michael Carey, executive vice president of Phi Sigma Kappa, did not respond to a call and an email on Wednesday.

The campus’ investigation into whether the fraternity violated the student code of conduct is ongoing, spokeswoman Shari Routch said Wednesday.

Logan Township police are leading the criminal investigation because the off-campus house where the alleged hazing might have taken place is in the township.

Logan Township Chief Ron Heller said his department has received Braham’s cellphone and laptop computer from police in New York who had been investigating Braham’s death but not the fraternity’s involvement. Logan Township police turned both items over to state police in Hollidaysburg for forensic investigation.

“We are still working at it,” he said.

Mirror Staff Writer Russ O’Reilly is at 946-7435.