Family of CSUN Student Who Died in Hazing Incident Sues Fraternity, University

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Armando Villa, 19, seen in a family photo, collapsed and died during a July 1, 2014, hike sponsored by a fraternity at CSUN.

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The family of a Cal State Northridge student who died in a fraternity hazing incident is suing the university and fraternity, saying they still don’t know what happened to him a year after his death.

Armando Villa, 19, died last July 1 after becoming dehydrated during a hike in Angeles National Forest while pledging for Pi Kappa Phi. School officials have said the hike was part of a hazing incident and that Villa had hoped to join the fraternity, which has since shut the local chapter down.

Armando Villa, 19, seen in a family photo, collapsed and died during a hike sponsored by a fraternity at CSUN.
Armando Villa, 19, seen in a family photo, collapsed and died during a hike sponsored by a fraternity at CSUN.

But Villa’s mother and stepfather, Betty and Joseph Serrato, say they have been left in the dark.

“It’s been a year since Armando’s death and we still have no answers,” Joseph Serrato said in a statement. “No one has stepped forward to tell us what happened to my son. I am angry and terribly sad.”

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