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Robert Champion's family sues bus owner over FAMU death

12:19 PM, Feb 13, 2012   |    comments
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ORLANDO, Florida (AP) - The family of a Florida A&M drum major who died after being hazed last year is suing the owner of the bus in which the hazing took place.

Robert Champion's family was filing the lawsuit Monday in Orlando.

The family's attorney, Chris Chestnut, says bus company managers knew that band members conducted hazing rituals on buses after football games but did nothing to stop them.

Chestnut also says the bus driver on the night of Champion's death stood guard outside the bus while the drum major was being hazed.

Ray Land, the owner of Fabulous Coach Lines, didn't immediately respond to phone and email messages.

But he told The Associated Press last year that the bus driver was helping students unload their instruments when Champion collapsed.

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