Katharine De Rosa, News editor
Eleven people were charged on Friday in connection with the death of VCU freshman Adam Oakes following a seven-month investigation by the Richmond Police Department, the RPD spokeswoman said. , Tracy Walker.
Of the eight people arrested, seven were arrested by VCU police and one by Virginia State Police. The other three people surrendered on Monday, according to Walker. After a hearing on September 27, seven others were released on bail, according to an article by CBS6 Richmond.
The Oakes family posted an email declaration Friday with a list of seven things that can be learned from Adam’s death and recent arrests. The list includes stopping hazing, “being courageous” by standing up for others, calling emergency services and “hugging your loved ones and letting them know you care.”
âTime is precious,â the Oakes family said. “We would give anything to hug Adam once more, see the smile on his face or hear his laughter, but we can’t because of the actions these young men took that evening in February.”
Benjamin Corado, Quinn Kuby, Riley McDaniel, Alessandro Medina-Villanueva, Jason Mulgrew, Christian Rohrbach, Colin Tran, Enayat Sheikhzad, Andrew White, Alexander Bradley and Robert Fritz have been charged with “unlawful hazing of a student”. Corado, Kuby, Tran, White, Bradley and Fritz were also charged with “purchasing, distributing alcohol to a minor”.
Nine of the 11 people charged are currently enrolled in the fall semester 2021, according to university spokesman Michael Porter. Sheikhzad is a graduate of college and White is not enrolled in the fall semester of 2021. Andrew White has no ties to Oakes cousin Courtney White.
University public relations could not reveal the disciplinary status of the nine students as of September 28, however, CBS 6 Richmond seven were suspended.
The Oakes family also said they were grateful for the “tireless efforts, diligence and persistence” of Major Crime Detective Michael Gouldman and Deputy Commonwealth Lawyer Alison Martin. Gouldman led the investigation into Oakes’ death, according to RPD.
âOur whole family has confidence in the justice system and we appreciate the efforts for justice,â said the Oakes family. “To the young men charged, we hope you learn from your criminal acts and never forget what you and Delta Chi did to our nice boy, Adam Oakes.”
The majority of people: Kuby, McDaniel, Medina-Villanueva, Mulgrew, Rohrbach, Tran, White, Bradley and Fritz will have a hearing on October 4 at 9 a.m. at Richmond City Circuit Court at the John Marshall Courts Building.
Oakes was pronounced dead by Richmond Police on February 27 after being found dead at a West Clay Street residence the morning after attending a Delta Chi event, the Oakes fraternity promised. Oakes’ family say a hazing event led to his death.
VCU’s Delta Chi chapter was suspended the morning after his death and officially kicked off campus on June 3, university says declaration.
The cause of death was ruled accidental due to the toxicity of ethanol, a type of alcohol poisoning, according to a May 25 report from the Richmond Medical Examiner.
The seven-month investigation was carried out by the SPR in conjunction with VCU police and the Commonwealth Prosecutor’s Office, according to Walker.
Hazing is considered a class one offense in Virginia, punishable by up to 12 months in jail, a fine of $ 2,500, or both.
Delta Chi International Headquarters issued a statement condemning the actions of former VCU chapter members following the arrests that took place on Friday, September 24.
âNo family should have to go through what the Oakes family went through,â said Delta Chi. âDelta Chi remains committed to continuing cooperation with all law enforcement agencies and efforts. “