Four Charged with Hazing in Student Drowning Case

By: WHSV News Staff Email
By: WHSV News Staff Email

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY -- Chesterfield County Police charged four men with hazing in relation to an incident which resulted in the drowning of at least one Virginia State University student.

Police said, seven male VSU students attempted to walk through the Appomattox River to complete their initiation into an organization known as Men of Honor. The current swept the students down river. Some were pulled to safety and others drifted to shore. Two students, Marvell Edmondson, 19, and Jauwan M. Holmes, 19, were reported missing.

On April 22, investigators recovered Edmonson's body from the river. The search for Holmes continues.

Four men, James Mackey Sr., Eriq Benson, Cory Baytop and Charles Zollicoffer II, have each been charged with five counts of hazing in relation to the incident. All are affiliated with Men of Honor. Their mugshots are in the slide show above.

Mackey, Benson and Baytop have been arrested. Police are searching for Zollicoffer.

Anyone with information about Zollicoffer's whereabouts should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or text the code "WATSON" and send to 274637 (CRIMES).


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