Parents of FSU fraternity pledge file civil suit over his death

9 frat members charged with criminal hazing

Andrew Coffey
Andrew Coffey (Florida State University via CNN)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The parents of a Florida State University fraternity pledge who died after being found unresponsive at a party is filing a civil suit against the national chapter and others in connection with their son's death.

Lawyer David Bianchi, representing Thomas and Sandra Coffey, said the suit was filed in a circuit court in Florida. The suit names Pi Kappa Phi's national chapter and several people, including the nine fraternity members who were charged with criminal hazing after Andrew Coffey's death on Nov. 3.

Florida State suspended its fraternities and sororities for nearly three months, though alcohol is not being allowed at campus functions.

Pi Kappa Phi national spokesman Todd Shelton said via text message that his office had no comment on pending litigation.