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Altoona fraternity may be in legal trouble following member's suicide

Updated: Monday, March 24 2014, 07:14 AM CDT
Posted by: Lea Jolan (

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) -- The president and several members of a suspended Penn State-Altoona fraternity have sought legal advice after a former member's family blamed a hazing ritual for the young man's suicide.

Phi Sigma Kappa member Marquise Braham jumped from the roof of a New York hotel on March 14. A spokesman for his family tells the Altoona Mirror ( ) that information from Braham's laptop computer and cellphone suggest he committed suicide because of "guilt and distress" stemming from unspecified hazing.

The local fraternity's president, Eric Traister, has denied hazing through his attorney, Ted Krol.

Now, the newspaper says several other fraternity members have met with defense attorney Tom Dickey for advice.

Dickey declined to discuss the fraternity's initiation practices, but says he feels the members are "getting a bad rap."
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