Parents: FAMU hazing death may have been retaliation because (Jesus!) he was gay

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There’s been a new twist in the Florida A&M hazing investigation, as the parents of a student who was beaten to death in November tell CBS News something previously unknown about him: Robert Champion Jr. was gay.

Champion family attorney Chris Chestnut says he has now spoken to “a lot” of the people who were there on the day, more than 10 potential witnesses.

Some of the students tell Chestnut they were also hazed that night, but none as severely as Champion. They say he was singled out, possibly because he was both a vocal opponent of hazing and a band disciplinarian, and gay.

“It may or may not have been” his sexual orientation which saw him singled out, says Chestnut, allowing only that it is a “possibility.”

Champion’s mother says her son “wasn’t defined by his sexual orientation. He was just defined as being a child going to school, trying to get an education.”

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