Parents Sue Alleging Hazing in Prairie View A&M Student's Death

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The parents of a 20-year-old Prairie View A&M University transfer student who died last month are suing the school and Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, among other defendants.

Dallas lawyer Kevin Kelley filed the lawsuit Friday in state district court in connection to the Oct. 20 death of Donnie Wade Jr. Wade died after he and other pledges participated in an early morning run off campus.

Calls and e-mails by The Associated Press Tuesday night to university spokeswoman Sheleah Hughes and the fraternity weren't immediately returned.

Hughes has said Wade, a junior from Dallas, was with other students at the Hempstead High School track about 9 miles from the university's campus, when he became ill.

The lawsuit alleges his death was due to hazing. The Harris County medical examiner is handling the autopsy.

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