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Police launches probe on criminology student’s death during hazing

AUTHORITIES are digging deeper into a hazing incident that killed a fourth-year Philippine Criminology (PCCr) student in Quezon City on Monday night.

The victim was identified as Ahldryn Bravante, 25, of Imus, Cavite.

Four suspects are now in the custody of the Quezon City Police District identified as Justine Artates, 20; Kyle Michael Cordeta, 21; Lexer Angelo Manarpies, 20, and Mark Leo Andales, 20, all members of Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity-PCCr chapter.

They allegedly performed the initiation rites on  Bravante in a house along the corner of Sto. Domingo Ave. and Calamba St. in Quezon City at 2 p.m. Monday.

HAZING DEATH SUSPECTS. Two suspects in the recent fatal hazing of a criminology student try to hide their faces from the camera as they are escorted by operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit to a detention cell in Camp Karingal in Quezon City. Initial investigation showed that the hazing incident took place in an abandoned building on Sto. Domingo Ave. corner Calamba St. in Quezon City. Manny Palmero

Two of the suspects took the victim to the Chinese General Hospital where he was declard dead on arrival.

The victim bore bruises, severe contusions and cigarette burns.

The police conducted an inspection of the crime scene, but the site was already cleared of evidence.

Probers said the paddle that used to hit the victim was thrown at the Nagtahan Channel in Manila.

At least 16 other students were believed involved in the hazing activity.

Artates, along with Cordeta, told the police that the victim struggled to breathe and lost consciousness after the hazing rites.

Bravante, who has a six-year-old child, worked as a part-time family driver and delivery rider for Lalamove.

His mother, an overseas Filipino worker, came home from Oman when Bravante’s older brother died in a motorcycle accident last September.

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