Vomit in FAMU student's mouth before he dies
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - December 1, 2011 (WPVI) -- Florida A&M University's president says a university task force he appointed last month after the death of a marching band member won't start its work until other agencies conduct their own investigations.
James H. Ammons said in a news release sent early Friday that the work of the task force was being postponed so the school could fully cooperate with investigations by the Florida Board of Governors, Orange County Sheriff's Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The task force had been scheduled to meet Monday.
Robert Champion was found unresponsive on Nov. 19 on a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel after a school football game. His death has sparked a criminal investigation as well as a probe into whether FAMU has ignored past warnings about hazing.
A 911 caller says a Florida A&M University band member had vomit in his mouth and nose in the moments before he died. Investigators have said the case is linked to hazing.
Audio of the 911 call obtained Thursday by The Associated Press indicates that Robert Champion had stopped breathing and was unresponsive at the time an unidentified man called the emergency dispatcher.
The 911 dispatcher told the man to place Champion on his back and clean the vomit from his nose and mouth. But the call was disconnected before the caller could say if he was successful.
The 26-year-old Champion was found unresponsive Nov. 19 on a bus parked outside an Orlando, Fla., hotel after the school's football team lost to a rival.
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