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Family of former Texas student awarded $16.2 million

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN (AP) - A state district judge in Texas has issued a $16.2
million judgment to the parents of a University of Texas freshman
from Georgia, who died two years ago.

According to authorities, the death was an alcohol-related hazing
incident.

Thursday's court decision ordered the national and university chapters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity must each pay the parents of Marietta, Ga., native Tyler Cross $2.5 million for mental anguish.

They also have to pay nearly $81,000 for funeral expenses and
other costs.

A state district judge issued the order after the national and local branches of the organization failed to respond to a lawsuit by the parents.

A civil case against the organization's alumni board and housing
corporation is pending.

The Austin American-Statesman reports the national and local
branch can seek a new trial if attorneys can explain why they did
not respond to the suit and can present a defense to the
allegations.


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