Parents of NIU frat student say he endured horrors before tragic

Parents of NIU frat student say he endured horrors before tragic death

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

New documents from the family of a Northern Illinois University student, who filed a lawsuit after his death, are becoming public for the first time.

The attorney for David Bogenberger's family filed an amended complaint with information he says led to the 19-year-old freshman's death.

Bogenberger died last November after an alcohol fueled game; what his prospective fraternity called "Mom and Dad's Night." The game forces pledges to drink enormous amounts of liquor--in this case vodka--until they guess who is their Greek "mom" and "dad."

Bogenberger family attorney Peter Coladarci says the other members of Pi Kappa Alpha at NIU were not drinking that night.

"It's clear that this was not a party….this was an initiation or hazing ritual," Coladarci says. "It was calculated to threaten and embarrass these young people."

The amended complaint alleges that "...each pledge, including plaintiff's decedent, had consumed 3 to 5 glasses of vodka in each room in approximately an hour and a half."

"All of these pledges were quite drunk and most of them passed out," Coladarci explains.

The document adds that executive fraternity officers used breathalyzers on the pledges to measure their blood alcohol content.


Around 11 o'clock that night, a mass text was allegedly sent out to officers and other members that read..."if you or any girl you know has a pic or vid of a passed out pledge, delete it immediately. Just do it."

After the pledges were unconscious and in their designated areas, "the fraternity officers and active members discussed among themselves whether to call an ambulance or obtain medical attention for the unconscious pledges, but decided not to."

Coladarci says that decision "seems to have been made around 11 or 12," at a time that he believes David was alive.

The Bogenberger family hopes that as parents start sending their kids off to college this fall, they will think about David's story.

"If there's any purpose that can be served by this lawsuit is to raise the awareness to family members of these young people to have mature and intelligent judgment," he adds.

FOX 32 spoke with Northern Illinois University and representatives say they have yet to learn some of these details.

FOX 32 was also told that the frat house involved in this incident is now up for sale.

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