Robert Champion vomited, stopped breathing and was cold to the touch moments before he was taken to the hospital where he died following a suspected hazing attack, according to 911 audio released Thursday.
"We were just sitting there talking and next thing you know…. he wasn't moving. I don't know what's going on," an unidentified caller told an emergency dispatcher after Champion, a 26-year-old Florida A&M University band member collapsed Nov. 19 aboard a bus parked behind the Rosen Plaza hotel.
"He is in my hands, ma'am. He's cold. He's in my hands."
The dramatic audio was released the same day Gov. Rick Scott called on all state universities to crack down on hazing, encouraging presidents to "reevaluate…hazing and harassment policies and procedures."
Meanwhile, FAMU President James Ammons confirmed to the Associated Press that he dismissed four students but it is not clear whether it was tied to the death investigation.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office has not released any information and no arrests have been made.
During the 911 call, the man said he was affiliated with FAMU and told the dispatcher that that there was vomit in Champion's mouth: "His eyes are open but he's not responding," he said.
In the background, another voice is heard saying he was calling band director Julian White, who was fired shortly after Champion's death.
The 71-year-old White is fighting to get his job back and told the New York Times that a small group of band members punched Champion repeatedly as part of a hazing ritual. Authorities have not confirmed those details but Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said the death was related to hazing.
Ammons announced late Thursday that he was postponing the work of a task force he appointed to review anti-hazing rules at FAMU. In light of a state Board of Governor's investigation launched this week, he said he thought it would be "prudent" instead to fully cooperate in various investigations already under way.
Besides the Board of Governors, the Orange County Sheriff's Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement are looking into Champion's death.
Champion was buried this week as more hazing victims came forward.
"People are coming out of woodwork now saying they were hazed," said FAMU trustee and alumnus Dr. Spurgeon McWilliams, whose son was also hazed in 1989 as a trumpet player for the Marching 100.
His son was hit on the head and taunted with songs, causing him to leave the school for a time. McWiIliams said administration did nothing then but he continued to support the school years later.
"If somebody's wrong, they are wrong but we don't know that yet," McWilliams said, adding he knew nothing about the school's most recent hazing allegations.
The highly-publicized fatality has "opened up all kinds of wounds," for Vonda Carson, who said her daughter Tranea Cannon was severely beaten in 2007 during a hazing incident.
Family spokesman Robert Weneck said Cannon, a trombonist, was beaten and stomped so badly that she had boot marks on her face and urinated blood.
Carson said she was reluctant to speak out but "something has to be done to stop it."
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