The body of Virginia State University freshman Marvell Edmonson, 19, of Portsmouth, was recovered Monday, while the search continued Tuesday for the body of Jauwan M. Holmes, 19, of Newport News. The freshmen were swept away while trying to cross a swift, rain-swollen river as part of an initiation rite, the Washington Post reports.
Four suspects were arrested and charged with five counts of hazing. Their names are: James A. Mackey Sr., 35, of Richomnd; Eriq K. Benson, 19, of Quinton; and Cory D. Baytop, 26, of Newport News. Police are currently looking for Charles E. Zollicoffer II, 29.
The four men charged are connected to the “Men of Honor” that conducted an initiation on Saturday that required seven male VSU students to walk through the rushing rapids of the Appomattox River, police said. Some were pulled to safety, while Jauwan Holmes and Marvell Edmonson were swept away.