WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — The death of a New York City college student in what authorities have called a fraternity ritual has been ruled a homicide, a Pennsylvania coroner said Friday.
The Luzerne County coroner’s office referred all inquiries on the Dec. 8 death of Baruch College freshman Chun ‘‘Michael’’ Deng to police.
Officials allege Deng sustained a fatal brain injury after an initiation ritual in the snow with three others at a home in Tunkhannock Township, Pa., 100 miles west of New York City in the Pocono Mountains.
Blindfolded and wearing a backpack with 20 pounds of sand, Deng’s objective was to make it to a certain member without being tackled by other members of Pi Delta Psi, according to officials. But Deng was shoved, apparently fell, and hit his head, Pocono Mountain Regional Police wrote in an affidavit.
Police said fraternity members took Deng inside, changed his clothes, and conducted Google searches about his symptoms before taking him to the closest hospital, where he died the next day.