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Pi Delta Psi fraternity pledge dies in frat ritual in Pa

New York (CNN) — A New York college student died of head injuries last week during a fraternity ritual held in Pennsylvania, the local coroner’s office said Monday.

Baruch College freshman Chun “Michael” Deng, 19, died of “closed head injuries … due to blunt force head trauma,” Mary Wallace of the Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, coroner’s office said.

Also Monday, Pi Delta Psi Fraternity Inc. said it has “revoked and terminated all affiliation with the Baruch Colony, effective immediately.”

“Baruch Colony has violated the values and rules of our organization,” the fraternity said. “We will also revoke the individual membership of any member found involved in this incident.”

Charges are expected in Deng’s death, which occurred after a fraternity pledge event at a residence in the Pocono Mountains, Monroe County District Attorney E. David Christine said last week.

The level of charges and who specifically will be charged is not clear, Christine said.

More than 30 members of Pi Delta Psi were conducting a ritual outdoors for new pledges called the “glass ceiling,” according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by CNN.

The objective was for Deng, who was blindfolded and wearing a backpack filled with a 20-pound bag of sand, to navigate toward someone who was calling for him “while other fraternity brothers physically prevent that from happening,” witnesses said, according to the affidavit.

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