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Suit Filed in California Hazing Death
9/22/2009

The parents of the Cal Poly fraternity pledge who died last year after an alleged hazing incident have filed a lawsuit against the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and nine of its members. Carson Starkey’s parents, Scott and Julia Starkey of Austin, Texas, filed the lawsuit Monday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court. It names the Illinois-based fraternity, its Cal Poly chapter, and Bennett Holden, Haithem Ibrahim, Zacary Ellis, Matt Silva, Russell Taylor, Ryan Taylor, Jamie Merkler, Christopher Perkins and Adam Marszal. The Starkeys allege four counts of negligence and a violation of Matt’s Law, a California law that allows for lawsuits when injuries or deaths result from hazing.

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