FAMU Friends, Family Remember Champion, One Year Later

By: CBS News, Posted by Chelsey Moran
By: CBS News, Posted by Chelsey Moran

(AP) DECATUR, Ga. - The family of a Florida A&M drum major who died a year ago after being beaten during a hazing ritual plan a candlelight vigil on Monday to mark the anniversary.

Authorities have charged more than a dozen fellow band members in Robert Champion's death. Champion's family, who lives in Georgia, was recently offered a $300,000 settlement from the school. Their attorney has called the offer "substantively low."

In their lawsuit, Champion's parents contend university officials didn't take action to stop hazing, though a dean proposed suspending the famed "Marching 100" band just days before their son died.

Ten FAMU band members face felony hazing charges in the case while two others face misdemeanor counts. The first defendant, Brian Jones, 23, was sentenced on Oct. 22 to six months of community control, two years' probation and 200 hours of community service.

A family spokesman says the vigil for Robert Champion will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Decatur, Ga.

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