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Relatives believe that may have been one of many factors that contributed to Champion being treated more severely than other band members, attorney Chris Chestnut said. However, Chestnut says, Champion's homosexuality is not believed to have been a primary factor in the beating. This is a hazing crime," he said. The bus and its air conditioning system is believed to have been running at the time Champion was beaten, Chestnut said, and the bus driver might not have been aboard. Read the full story.
Relatives said they believe sexual orientation may have been one of many factors that could have contributed to Champion being treated more severely than other band members may have been, Chestnut said. The bus may have been running at the time Champion was beaten, attorney Chris Chestnut said, and the bus driver might not have been aboard. Champion, 26, collapsed in Orlando on a bus carrying members of FAMU's Marching band after a November football game that included a halftime performance by the group. Chestnut has charged that Champion died after receiving "some dramatic blows, perhaps having an elevated heart rate" tied to "a hazing ritual" that took place on the bus.