Wilkes-Barre, Pa. • The death of a New York City college student in what authorities have called a fraternity ritual has been ruled a homicide, a Pennsylvania coroner said Friday.
The Luzerne County coroner's office referred all other inquiries about the Dec. 8 death of Baruch College freshman Chun "Michael" Deng to police.
Authorities allege that Deng sustained a fatal brain injury after participating in an initiation ritual in the snow with three other pledges at a home in Tunkhannock Township, Pa., about 100 miles west of New York City in the Pocono Mountains.
Blindfolded and wearing a backpack containing 20 pounds of sand, Deng's objective was to make it to a certain member without being tackled by other members of Pi Delta Psi, according to authorities. But Deng was shoved, apparently fell and struck his head, Pocono Mountain Regional Police wrote in an affidavit.