TUNKHANNOCK TOWNSHIP — The Monroe County district attorney said that one or more people will be charged in connection with the death of a college student in what has been called a fraternity ritual.
Search warrants obtained Thursday provide new information about the death of the student over the weekend in the Poconos.
Police say during their investigation, they found cell phones, laptops, and clothing with the logo for Pi Delta Psi inside the rented house in the Poconos. Also inside, details of the fraternity ritual police believe claimed the life of a 19-year-old college student from New York.
It’s quiet back at the house, near Long Pond, where police believe a fraternity ritual caused the death of a college student over the weekend.
“It’s just a tragedy,” said ESU sophomore Rachel Lees.
The news about what happened to the New York students visiting the Poconos comes as a shock to students at East Stroudsburg University.
An ESU sorority member is shocked a ritual she calls “hazing” turned deadly.
In the search warrants, police describe what they believe happened early Sunday morning. Investigators believe a group of nearly 30 Pi Delta Psi fraternity members from Baruch College in New York came to the place to initiate four pledges or candidates into the fraternity.
At one point, a fraternity ritual was performed in the back yard. That’s when Chun Deng, a pledge, was blindfolded, and forced to carry a 20-pound bag of sand while being pushed and shoved. He fell and went unconscious. He was brought inside the home and fraternity members did an internet search for Deng’s symptoms and found the closest hospital. Deng died the next day.
“There’s other ways to create bonds than doing embarrassing and unnecessary things,” Lees said.
Baruch College officials called the fraternity event “unsanctioned” and said they had “no knowledge of this event or that the fraternity was rushing a pledge class.”