• Autopsy incomplete on Florida A&M drum major


    ORLANDO, Fla.,None - The Orange County Medical Examiner's Office announced Monday that it had completed an autopsy on a college student who died over the weekend, but more information is needed.

    Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion died Saturday following the Florida Classic football game.

    The medical examiner's office has not released details of the autopsy, saying they need to do further tests. Investigators aren't saying much about the case.

    Champion, 26, always wanted to be in the marching band. The Atlanta native got his inspiration from his mother and dreamed of teaching music when he graduated from Florida A&M University.

    "A parent shouldn't have to plan a funeral to bury their child," Robert's father, Robert Champion Sr., said.

    Champion's father said it's hard to believe health issues caused his unexpected death just hours after he led the Marching 100 during halftime of the game Saturday night.

    "I think he was in pretty good condition. Ate, trained. No medical condition I know of," Champion Sr. said.

    Students and alumni posting on Facebook and Twitter said hazing killed Champion.

    One person wrote, "My prayers go out to the Marching 100 and Robert Champion's family...damn hazing went too far. Not a good look for hbcu bands, at all."

    The bands at historically black colleges and universities have their own fraternities, sometimes a different fraternity for each instrument section.

    A spokesperson with the Orange County Sheriff's Office said there were no obvious signs of foul play.

    Detectives have interviewed students and are headed to Tallahassee to conduct follow-up interviews. A spokesperson said they won't know more until the autopsy is finished. But they said they are checking out allegations of hazing.

    "I do want to know what happened. Give me more understanding," Champion Sr. said.

    A spokesperson for Florida A&M said me there are no plans for an internal investigation. They are waiting for the autopsy results.

    A vigil for Champion is scheduled to be held on the school campus Tuesday.

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