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CBS News: Parents of Florida A&M student say hazing death may have come because he was gay



robert-champion.jpg(UPDATE: Parents now say in a press conference held today, that it was more likely the student was targeted for being a stickler for the rules, not his sexuality. "This is not a hate crime," their attorney said. "This was a hazing crime.")

Parents of the Florida A&M University student who police say was killed by hazing told CBS News he may have been targeted because he was gay.

After an investigation by attorneys hired by the parents of Robert Champion Jr., who died in November aboard a FAMU band bus, they now say other students told them Champion may have been singled out for severe treatment because he was a vocal opponent of hazing, a band disciplinarian and gay.

The revelations come as the parents are preparing to sue the school and bus company involved in the incident, which came after the school's biggest game of the year.

Reporter Mark Strassman, who once worked at Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA-Ch. 8, met Champion's parents on Orlando, taking them for the first time to the spot where their son died.


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