The family of a Florida State University student who allegedly drank himself to death at a frat party says he died in a “room full of people that just didn’t care.”
Andrew Coffey’s parents are pushing for federal legislation and filed a lawsuit after the pledge died Nov. 3 in an alleged hazing incident at a Pi Kappa Phi fraternity party, according to CBS News.
Coffey, 20, was allegedly forced to drink an entire bottle of 101-proof bourbon before he was found unresponsive on a couch. An autopsy ruled his death was acute alcohol poisoning and determined his blood alcohol level was .447.
Nine fraternity brothers were arrested in January on hazing charges in connection to the college junior’s death. They have all pleaded not guilty.
Coffey’s parents said they are still searching for answers as to why the fraternity brothers waited until the morning after the party to call 911. His mom, Sandra, said the question “wakes us up in the middle of the night.”
The couple said that even though there were other party-goers present, their son essentially “died alone.”
“There were estimated 100 people at that party,” his dad, Tom, told CBS. “And 99 of them didn’t help my son. … Andrew died in a room full of people that just didn’t care.”
The Coffeys said they plan to seek “justice and accountability” — and hope that anti-hazing laws will be passed.
“If people in the past had gotten together, maybe my son would still be here, if hazing wasn’t a problem. So therefore, we have to yell as loud as we can in order to get this stopped,” Andrew’s dad told CBS News. “I don’t want another family going through what we go through. Crying ourselves to sleep.”
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