Pitt students victims of hazing

College Press Service

PITTSBURGH -- A University of Pittsburgh student has been placed on a kidney dialysis machine after he was severely beaten during a fraternity hazing incident, police said.

Santana Kemmer-Henderson, a 20-year-old pledge of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, remains in critical condition a week after the incident. Another student, Byron Woodson, 18, was also beaten, but was treated and released from an area hospital.

Five members of the fraternity have been arrested and charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and conspiracy in connection with the case, police said. Four of the five fraternity members are former students of the university. The one fraternity member who is currently enrolled has been suspended.

The incident allegedly happened at an off-campus location when the two students were being initiated into the fraternity.

Pitt spokesman Ken Service said, "Apparently they were beaten with wooden canes, or rods of some sort, for an hour."

Two other men, possibly fraternity members, are being sought in connection with the incident, Service said. He also said the university is conducting an on-going joint investigation with the Pittsburgh Police Department.

The nine-member fraternity, which does not have an on-campus house, "was suspended as soon as the university found out about the incident," Service said. "After the investigation is completed, the university will hold a judicial hearing for the fraternity members."

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