Buffalo Freshman Dead After Suspected Fraternity Hazing – TIME

Buffalo Freshman Dead After Suspected Fraternity Hazing - TIME
University at Buffalo student dies 6 days after injury in potential hazing
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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.

As News 12 has reported,18-year-old freshman Sebastian Serafin-Bazan was on life support after going into cardiac arrest at an off-campus fraternity house.Buffalo police say the incident likely involved strenuous activity.

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.

MORE: Alleged hazing incident leaves University of Buffalo student from Port Chester on life support

The 18-year-old had recently been treated for a respiratory ailment, possibly the flu, the sources said.

Our hearts go out to Sebastians family for the devastating heartbreak they are experiencing, said UB President Satish Tripathi in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. 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, NY. We join them in mourning the tragic loss of a member of our UB family.

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.

Sebastian Serafin-Bazan, 18, was taken to a hospital last Friday. Neighbors said they saw a body lying in a yard on Custer Street near a fraternity house. The incident is believed to be linked to hazing activity with the Sigma Pi fraternity. 

“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.

“Our hearts go out to Sebastians family for the devastating heartbreak they are experiencing,” University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi said in a statement following Serafin-Bazans death. “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. We join them in mourning the tragic loss of a member of our UB family.

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.

“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.”

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.

Sebastian Serafin-Bazan, 18, of Port Chester, was believed to have been ordered to perform exercises late Thursday night, April 11 into Friday morning, April 12 when he began experiencing physical distress.

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.”


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