Family, DA differ on death inquiry

A spokesman for the family of Marquise Braham and Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio painted different pictures of the status of an investigation into allegations by Braham’s family of fraternity hazing.

The family spokesman said the investigation into the incidents and the family’s allegations that they led to Braham’s suicide is in the process of being transferred to Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office.

Kane’s office had no comment, and Consiglio said he is “still determining what to do with it.”

“The Braham family has been told an official transfer request is formally in progress between the Blair County D.A.’s office and the PA State Attorney General’s office,” Braham family public relations specialist Mike Paul said in a release.

Consiglio said he “didn’t appreciate,” the press release and said it was not accurate. He said he hasn’t determined whether to transfer the criminal investigation by Logan Township and Penn State Altoona police to Kane.

“Whether it’s going there, or whether they (attorney general) will even take it,” he said, “I don’t know.”

Braham jumped from the roof of the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale, N.Y., to his death while home in Queens for spring break last March. The criminal investigation started because the Braham family believes he came home to say goodbye before he took his life for not being able to live with the “horrible hazing he experienced at Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity at Penn State Altoona,” the release states.

His family also contends being named a leader in the fraternity also meant he too was responsible for hazing new pledges into the frat last semester.

With the criminal probe in a possible transition, results of another investigation regarding the allegations of fraternity hazing are set to be released.

Attorney Gerald Nelson, representing the Altoona chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa, said he expects an investigation report from the Penn State Student Affairs Department to be released over the course of a week or two, he said. That report would outline whether the fraternity violated student code of conduct by hazing its members during the pledging process.