The UB student involved in a suspected hazing incident on Custer St. in Buffalo has died.
Freshman student Sebastian Serafin-Bazan, 18, was hospitalized early Friday morning with a serious medical condition believed to be a result of the incident.
A source said witnesses told detectives Serafin-Bazan was exercising before he suffered the medical emergency.
UB says the incident involves the Sigma Pi fraternity. A committee has since been formed to look into the activities of UB’s fraternities and sororities.
A statement was sent to News 4 on behalf of Executive Director of Sigma Pi Jonathan Frost :
The entire Sigma Pi family is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Sebastian Serafin-Bazan. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Sebastian’s family and friends during this extremely difficult time. We remain in communication with the Buffalo Police Department and University officials, and have offered our support for their ongoing investigation. We will be initiating an internal investigation and review once the police have concluded their fact-finding.
Official activities of all fraternities and sororities were suspended until further notice.
UB President Satish Tripathi released a statement on Serafin-Bazan’s death:
“Dear university community,
I am deeply saddened to share with you that UB freshman Sebastian Serafin-Bazan passed away today.
Our hearts go out to Sebastian’s family for the devastating heartbreak they are experiencing. We extend our sincerest condolences to the Serafin-Bazan family and to all of Sebastian’s friends here at UB and in his hometown of Port Chester, N.Y. We join them in mourning the tragic loss of a member of our UB family.
If you are struggling, please know that our university counselors are here to provide you support in the aftermath of this terrible loss. As we grieve Sebastian’s passing today and well beyond, it is my hope that each of us pauses to remind ourselves that we can only uphold our humanity by treating each other with dignity, compassion and kindness.”
The UB Student Association also tweeted a statement:
Anyone with information that could help police is asked to call or text the confidential tip line at (716) 847-2255.