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Authorities Investigate Death Of Baruch College Freshman After Possible Hazing Incident

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Authorities are investigating the death of a Baruch College freshman in what they believe was a hazing incident in the Poconos.

Police in Pennsylvania say on Sunday, 19-year-old Michael Deng, also known as Chun Hsien, was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Doctors say Deng suffered major brain trauma and died a day later.

Police say they're looking into a two-hour gap between when they believe Deng was injured and when he was taken to the hospital.

Deng was one of four pledges who joined about 20 to 30 members of the Pi Delta Psi Asian American fraternity on the trip.

Police say the ritual that injured Deng involved blindfolding him and forcing him to carry a heavy item on his back while others tried to tackle him.

Officials say the game was so brutal that Deng was unconscious when he was taken to the hospital suffering from major brain trauma.

In a statement, Baruch college but said it had no knowledge of the trip or that the fraternity was even rushing a pledge class.

Students we spoke to were angered by the news.

"It's terrible that to get into something that means brotherhood resulted in that. Why do you have to prove yourself to call someone your friend or your brother?” said Baruch junior Svitlana Hrabovsky.

"It's upsetting to see anyone so young have so much ahead of them to have something like that happen to them for something that's supposed to be a fun organization,” said Pay McDougall, a senior at Baruch.

Pi Delta Psi is an Asian American cultural fraternity founded in 1994 at Binghamton University in upstate New York.

One Baruch freshman, Ryan Wong, had been debating pledging Pi Delta Psi but decided to go out for swimming.

"I'm surprised it's Pi Delta Psi because I heard really good things about them,” said Wong, a freshman. “It’s pretty shocking to me so I kinda feel bad for what the parents are probably going through right now.”

"People should be more careful what they are doing. It's about their lives, it can be gone in a minute,” said Rumi, a Baruch senior.

School officials say they've launched an internal investigation and are cooperating with law enforcement.

Police are looking into the time lapse between when Deng was injured and when he was taken to the hospital two hours later and whether that played a part in his death.

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