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NYC college student dead in apparent fraternity hazing in the Poconos

TUNKHANNOCK TWP PA - Pocono Mountain Regional Police and the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney are investigating the death of a New York City college student during a possible fraternity hazing at a home in the Poconos.

At approximately 8:15 a.m. Sunday morning, Pocono Mountain Regional Police Officers were advised that Chen “Michael” Deng, 19, was brought to the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital by his friends earlier that morning. Upon Deng's arrival at the hospital, he was found unresponsive and in critical condition. Detectives responded to the hospital and learned Deng suffered his injuries at a residence on Candlewood Drive in Tunkhannock Township. Shortly after beginning treatment, physicians determined Deng suffered major brain trauma and he was placed on life support.

Officers and Detectives from Pocono Mountain Regional Police and Monroe County Detectives Unit responded to the residence and found approximately 20 members of the Pi Delta Psi fraternity at Baruch College.  Through investigation, it was learned that over 30 members of the fraternity traveled to the Poconos from New York City for the weekend. In the early morning hours Sunday, Deng, one of four pledges to the fraternity, was injured while partaking in a ritual in the yard of the residence. After Deng suffered the traumatic injury, he was brought inside the residence and was unresponsive. After some time, members of the fraternity drove him to the emergency room in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County.

On Monday morning, Deng succumbed to his injuries at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital. Deng was a freshman at Baruch College in Manhattan. An investigation into the circumstances of the victim's death is on-going.