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Police investigate if deceased Dartmouth student Won Jang was a victim of hazing

Tragic Death of 20-Year-Old Dartmouth College Student Prompts Investigation

Tragedy Strikes Dartmouth College as 20-Year-Old Student Found Dead in Connecticut River, Hazing Suspected

A somber cloud hangs over Dartmouth College as the community mourns the loss of 20-year-old student Won Jang, whose body was discovered in the Connecticut River over the weekend. The Hanover Police Department is now investigating the possibility of hazing in connection with Jang’s death.

Jang, a member of Beta Alpha Omega fraternity, was last seen during a social event near the Dartmouth boathouse on Saturday night. After he was reported missing the next day, a search led to the heartbreaking discovery of his body about 65 feet offshore.

Police Chief Charles Dennis mentioned that alcohol may have been a factor, with witnesses suggesting its involvement. Additionally, an anonymous email alleging hazing has prompted authorities to delve into this angle.

The fraternity Jang belonged to had previously faced disciplinary action for an incident in the fall, and was one of four fraternities suspended in January for violations of community standards.

Described as a bright spirit and active member of the campus community, Jang was a biomedical engineering major involved in various academic and extracurricular pursuits. His friends remember him fondly for his infectious smile and humor.

As the investigation continues, grieving students at Dartmouth will have access to grief counseling to cope with the loss of their peer. Dean of the College Scott Brown expressed sorrow over Jang’s passing, emphasizing his enthusiastic participation in campus life.

Authorities are awaiting toxicology results, which could take up to six months to complete. In the meantime, the Dartmouth community remains united in mourning the tragic loss of Won Jang.

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