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Police release names of 11 indicted on charges in hazing death of VCU student

Police say eight of the 11 people facing charges have been arrested - a photo was unavailable...
Police say eight of the 11 people facing charges have been arrested - a photo was unavailable for one. Top row from left to right: Benjamin J. Corado, Quinn A. Kuby, Riley K. McDaniel, Jason B. Mulgrew Bottom row from left to right: Christian G. Rohrbach, Colin G. Tran, Alessandro Medina-Villanueva, Enayat W. Sheikhzad (photo unavailable)(Richmond Police Department)
Published: Sep. 24, 2021 at 2:23 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2021 at 5:20 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Eleven people have been charged in connection to the hazing death of VCU student Adam Oakes.

According to the Richmond Police Department, eight of those people have been arrested but all 11 face charges in the death.

The arrests come after seven months of investigation into Adam’s death. His cousin Courtney White believes she and her family will finally get the answers they’ve been pleading for.

“When we got the first call that people were being arrested we cried it was like that first glimmer of hope in seven months,” said White. “It was bittersweet we cried I mean it was just so wonderful to hear that something was being done.”

The following have been arrested:

  • Benjamin J. Corado (male, 19) - Charges: Unlawful Hazing of Student, Purchase, giving alcohol to a minor
    • Granted bond under these conditions: Maintain contact with attorney, report to pretrial supervision, and comply with drug and alcohol testing and screening.
  • Quinn A. Kuby (male, 22) - Charges: Unlawful Hazing of Student, Purchase, giving alcohol to a minor
    • Granted bond under conditions to live with parents, drug screening.
  • Riley K. McDaniel (male, 21) - Charge: Unlawful Hazing of Student
    • Granted bond
  • Alessandro Medina-Villanueva (male, 21) - Charge: Unlawful Hazing of Student
    • Granted bond
  • Jason B. Mulgrew (male, 21) - Charge: Unlawful Hazing of Student
    • Granted bond under conditions: Maintain contact with attorney, report to pretrial supervision, and comply with drug and alcohol testing and screening.
  • Christian G. Rohrbach (male, 22) - Charge: Unlawful Hazing of Student
    • Granted bond: Must go to pretrial, live with parents in Vienna, Virginia
  • Colin G. Tran (male, 20) - Charges: Unlawful Hazing of Student, Purchase, giving alcohol to a minor
    • Granted bond under conditions: Drug screening. Must live with parents.
  • Enayat W. Sheikhzad (male, 22) - Charge: Unlawful Hazing of Student
    • Photo not available/Bond information not available

On Sept. 27, the RPD says the remaining three suspects (two of them pictured below) in Adam Oakes death investigation have been indicted after turning themselves in:

  • Andrew White (male, 22) - Charges: Unlawful Hazing of Student, Purchase, providing alcohol to a minor
    • Granted bond under conditions: maintain contact with attorney, must remain in Virginia, report to pretrial supervision, and comply with drug and alcohol testing and screening.
  • Alexander Bradley of Ashburn (male, 21) - Charges: Unlawful Hazing of Student, Purchase, providing alcohol to a minor (not pictured)
    • Granted bond under conditions: Submit to drug and alcohol screenings and testing, refrain from excessive use of alcohol and use of illegal drugs. Must stay home.
  • Robert Fritz of Midlothian (male, 21) - Charges: Unlawful Hazing of Student, Purchase, providing alcohol to a minor
    • Granted bond under conditions: Must attend pretrial, remain alcohol/drug free, testing.
From Left to Right: Robert Fritz & Andrew White
From Left to Right: Robert Fritz & Andrew White(Richmond Police)

“These arrests signify that you’re not going to get away with hazing in the state of Virginia, but also that Adam didn’t die, and no one is held accountable for what happened to him,” said White.

Oakes was found dead in an off-campus house on West Clay Street early Saturday, Feb. 27. His family believes Oakes was hazed during a party on Friday night after he accepted a bid to join Delta Chi.

Adam Oakes
Adam Oakes(N/A)

On May 25, the medical examiner ruled the cause of death ethanol toxicity.

Back in June Delta Chi Fraternity was officially banned from VCU’s campus,

Last month, VCU also notified its students that it will not allow Greek organizations to bring on new members for the upcoming school year. Alcohol has also been prohibited for official student organization functions for all undergraduate students. White believes these reforms could save another life.

“If other universities don’t have something in place, take VCU as the example and start doing it now before one of your students dies because of hazing,” said White.

In the meantime, White and her family say they are waiting for their day in court and some semblance of justice for Oakes’s death.

“The question that I still have is what happened,” said White. “I know the gist of what happened that evening, but I’d love to hear it from somebody that can tell me piece by piece everything that my cousin went through that night because right now the unknowing is just as agonizing as the pain of his death.”

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to NBC12.com for more updates.

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