Sebastian Serafin-bazan, UB student dies after hazing
Sebastian Serafin-bazan, UB student dies after suffering cardiac arrest following a suspected hazing incident.
Sebastian Serafin-bazan, freshman University at Buffalo student, who was ordered to perform exercises inside a house associated with the Sigma Pi fraternity on Custer Street has died.
Sebastian Serafin-bazan, how UB student died after hazing
Sebastian Serafin-Bazan had been in critical condition at Buffalo General Medical Center since early Friday morning after the suspected hazing incident.
Police sources said Serafin-Bazan was performing exercises from Thursday night into Friday morning when he began to experience physical distress.
More reports said Serafin-Bazan was carried outside the Custer Street house in order to get some fresh air after he fell and hit the back of his head on a coffee table.
An eyewitness reported seeing four or five people carry a person from the house and set him down on the front lawn of the home. One of the individuals stayed on the scene while the others fled, the neighbor said.
The 18-year-old, from Westchester County, had recently been treated for a respiratory ailment, possibly the flu. Preliminary toxicology reports showed no drugs or alcohol in his system.
The case remains under investigation as police await the results of an autopsy.
University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi issued a statement regarding Serafin-Bazan’s death:
“Our hearts go out to Sebastian’s family for the devastating heartbreak they are experiencing,” Tripathi said in a written statement. “We extend our sincerest condolences to the Serafin-Bazan family and to all of Sebastian’s friends here at UB and in his hometown of Port Chester, N.Y. We join them in mourning the tragic loss of a member of our UB family.
“If you are struggling, please know that our university counselors are here to provide you support in the aftermath of this terrible loss. As we grieve Sebastian’s passing today and well beyond, it is my hope that each of us pauses to remind ourselves that we can only uphold our humanity by treating each other with dignity, compassion and kindness,” he said.
UB officials announced later that day the university was suspending official fraternity and sorority activities.
May his soul rest in perfect peace.