Bay State man held in LSU hazing death

A Massachusetts man was among 10 people arrested yesterday on hazing charges in connection with the death of a Louisiana

A Massachusetts man was among 10 people arrested yesterday on hazing charges in connection with the death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge whose blood-alcohol was more than six times the legal limit for driving, officials said.

Patrick Forde, a 20-year-old former LSU student from Westwood, was among nine people who were held on $5,000 bond in connection with the Sept. 14 death of 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver, a freshman from Roswell, Ga., who wanted to join Phi Delta Theta, officals said.

The 10th suspect — Matthew Alexander Naquin, 19, of Boerne, Texas — also faces a felony negligent homicide charge and was held on $10,000 bail.

Witnesses said Naquin “targeted” Gruver during a hazing ritual involving 18 to 20 pledges, forcing him to drink at least 10 “pulls” of 190-proof Diesel because he was often late for events and was having trouble reciting the Greek alphabet, according to a police report released yesterday.

“This is a very serious matter involving allegations of dangerous behavior and a gross disregard for the health and safety of a fellow student,” East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar C. Moore III said in a statement.

One fraternity brother said he told Naquin and another member to “cut it out” because it was “getting out of hand,” according to police.

Gruver died at a Baton Rouge hospital the next morning after fraternity members found him lying on a couch at the fraternity house, police said.

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark ruled the death an accident, concluding that Gruver died of acute alcohol intoxication with aspiration, meaning he had inhaled vomit and other fluid into his lungs. An autopsy showed his blood-alcohol content was 0.495 percent, Clark said.

A woman at Forde’s home refused to comment. Phi Delta Theta’s national office has closed its LSU chapter since Gruver’s death.

Herald wire services contributed to this report.

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