Thu November 7, 2013
Text Messages Heard in UD Hazing Death Death Suit
The last moments in the life of Brett Griffin were played out in a series of text messages from a fraternity member, one of which, read, “We’re at the hospital Brett isn’t breathing.”
It was just one of a series of text messages exchanged by the brother of Sigma Alpha Mu in November of 2008.
They came from those watching over Griffin and other intoxicated, vomiting pledges after a party.
Earlier in the evening another read ”This is horrible.” That was followed by one just before midnight which said, ”They’re all dead right now,” referring to the intoxicated state of the pledges.
The Wilmington News Journal reports that eventually around 3:14 a.m. another ready “You call me asap, it’s the most important thing in the world.”
The messages were heard by the jury as part of a wrongful death lawsuit against two former University of Delaware students for the hazing death of Griffin.
His mother and father filed the suit against the fraternity and several of its members in 2009.
The national fraternity and all but two of the brothers have settled with the family.