Chesterfield County Police have charged four men with hazing in relation to an incident that resulted in the drowning of at least one Virginia State University student.
On April 20, police said, seven male VSU students attempted to walk through the Appomattox River to complete their initiation into an organization known as Men of Honor. The current swept the students down river; some were pulled to safety and others drifted to shore. Two students, Marvell Edmondson, 19, and Jauwan M. Holmes, 19, were reported missing.
On April 22, Edmonson's body was recovered from the river. The search for Holmes continues. The search operations conducted by Chesterfield Police and Fire, Colonial Heights Police and Fire, Virginia State Police and Virginia State University Police resumed at 9 a.m.
Four men, James A. Mackey Sr., Eriq K. Benson, Cory D. Baytop and Charles E. Zollicoffer II, have each been charged with five counts of hazing in relation to the incident. All are affiliated with Men of Honor.
Mackey, Benson and Baytop have been arrested; police continue to seek Zollicoffer. Anyone with information about Zollicoffer's whereabouts should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or text the code "WATSON" and send to 274637 (CRIMES).
Originally reported Monday, April 22, 2013
Virginia State University reported that two VSU freshmen, Jauwan Holmes and Marvell Edmondson, had been reported missing following an incident at the Appomattox River in Ettrick. By 6 p.m. Monday rescuers had located the body of one of the boys.
Chesterfield County is leading the investigation and recovery effort, with assistance from Colonial Heights, the Virginia State Police and the VSU Department of Police and Public Safety.
Public Affairs officer, Thomas Reed said, We are unable to provide any additional information at this time, but will give updates as verifiable developments occur.”
Additionally, individual and group counseling sessions are available for students which began Monday, April 22 in Foster Hall, room 200.
Reed asked that anyone with additional information concerning this incident contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 748-1251, or the VSU Department of Police and Public Safety at 524-5411.
The Chesterfield Police Department reported that as of 1 p.m. on Monday, the boys had yet to be located.