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The president of the University of Buffalo released a statement expressing the universitys condolences upon the death of Sebastian Serafin-Bazan, saying in part, “Our hearts go out to Sebastians family for the devastating heartbreak they are experiencing…We join them in mourning the tragic loss of a member of our UB family.”
The University at Buffalo student who suffered cardiac arrest following a suspected hazing incident has died, Buffalo Police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo said Wednesday.
Sebastian Serafin-Bazan, of Westchester County, had been in critical condition at Buffalo General Medical Center since early Friday morning.
The University of Buffalo has suspended Greek life until further notice and is forming a Greek life review committee because of the incident.
Serafin-Bazan, a freshman at UB, had been ordered to perform exercises inside a house associated with the Sigma Pi fraternity on Custer Street, according to two police sources.
The 18-year-old had recently been treated for a respiratory ailment, possibly the flu, the sources said.
Buffalo police homicide detectives have been investigating and UB officials suspended all official Greek-letter fraternity and sorority activities at least through the fall.
“Our hearts go out to Sebastians family for the devastating heartbreak they are experiencing,” Tripathi said in a written statement. “We extend our sincerest condolences to the Serafin-Bazan family and to all of Sebastians friends here at UB and in his hometown of Port Chester, N.Y. We join them in mourning the tragic loss of a member of our UB family.
“If you are struggling, please know that our university counselors are here to provide you support in the aftermath of this terrible loss. As we grieve Sebastians passing today and well beyond, it is my hope that each of us pauses to remind ourselves that we can only uphold our humanity by treating each other with dignity, compassion and kindness,” he said.
Police sources said Serafin-Bazan was performing exercises from Thursday night into Friday morning when he began to experience physical distress.
Custer Street in Buffalo, where the frat house is located. Photo Credit: Google Maps street view More Articles News Fatal Westchester Hit-Run Driver 'Very Remorseful' After Cras… Here's How Many More Deer NY Hunters Killed Last Year Compare… Wanted: Man Accused Of Using Fake Check In $1.4K Northern Wes… comment 1 Read / Add Comments A teenage college student from Westchester who suffered cardiac arrest following a suspected hazing incident at the University at Buffalo last week has died, authorities announced on Wednesday, April 17.
A neighbor told The Buffalo News that she was told by one of the fraternity brothers that Serafin-Bazan was carried outside the Custer Street house in order to get some fresh air after he fell and hit the back of his head on a coffee table.
Another neighbor told the News he saw four or five people carry a person from the house and set him down on the front lawn of the home. One of the individuals stayed on the scene while the others fled, the neighbor said.
Student from Westchester dies after suspected case of hazing at University of Buffalo
An ambulance crew was dispatched just after midnight Friday morning to 69 Custer St., according to emergency radio transmissions archived at Broadcastify.com. A caller told the dispatcher a person was on the front lawn in cardiac arrest.
UB officials announced later that day the university was suspending official fraternity and sorority activities. On Monday, the school announced it was suspending activities of Greek-letter organizations at least until the fall semester while an internal review is conducted.
“The entire Sigma Pi family is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Sebastian Serafin-Bazan,” Executive Director Jonathan Frost said in a written statement. “We extend our heartfelt condolences to Sebastians family and friends during this extremely difficult time. We remain in communication with the Buffalo Police Department and university officials, and have offered our support for their ongoing investigation. We will be initiating an internal investigation and review once the police have concluded their fact-finding.”