University of Buffalo freshman dies days after suspected fraternity hazing

University of Buffalo freshman dies days after suspected fraternity hazing

University of Buffalo freshman dies days after suspected fraternity hazing

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.

"I am deeply saddened to share with you that U.B. freshman Sebastian Serafin-Bazan passed away today", University of Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi said in a statement.

Sigma Pi would not comment on the other two incidents, saying it was focused on the death of Serafin-Bazan.

The Buffalo Police Department, New York State Police, and university police are investigating the incident and looking into whether or not drugs and/or alcohol played a role.

Sigma Pi executive director Jonathan Frost released the following statement on the student's death: "We extend our heartfelt condolences to Sebastian's family and friends during this extremely hard time".

A telephone call to the Serafin-Bazan home in Port Chester went unanswered.

Sigma Pi has more than 120 chapters in the USA and Canada, with around 20 members at the Buffalo school, according to the university.

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The university and fraternity are also each initiating an internal investigation and review.

"We remain in communication with the Buffalo Police Department and University officials, and have offered our support for their ongoing investigation", the fraternity said.

The University at Buffalo Student Association echoed the president's message of keeping the student, his family and friends in their hearts and expressed their "deepest condolences" to his family. The Buffalo chapter has about 20 members, UB said.

The school in western NY delivered the news that 18-year-old Sebastian Serafin-Bazanhad died in a statement.

Authorities said Tim Piazza, 19, of Lebanon, New Jersey, suffered severe head and abdominal injuries in a series of falls and had consumed a unsafe amount of alcohol.

Police said the teen was rushed to the ER with a "serious medical condition believed to have resulted from the incident", which occurred at a house associated with the Sigma Pi fraternity, according to WNBC. Several other former members of Beta Theta Pi, which was subsequently shut down, have pleaded guilty to hazing- and alcohol-related counts, and a few still have charges pending.

"The entire Sigma Pi family is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Sebastian Serafin-Bazan", Jonathan Frost, executive director and CEO of Sigma Pi Fraternity & Foundation, said in a statement.

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