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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Florida A&M University said it's dismissing four students for their role in the death of a marching band member.

Robert Champion, 26, was found unresponsive on Nov. 19 on a bus parked outside an Orlando, Fla. hotel after the school's football team lost to a rival. His death has sparked a criminal investigation as well as a probe into whether FAMU has ignored past warnings about hazing.
FAMU President James Ammons acknowledged the dismissal of the students in a memo he sent earlier this week to members of the FAMU Board of Trustees.
Ammons did not specify what the four students did but said that their dismissals were connected to Champion's death. He also told trustees that a group of students protested his decision to shutter the Marching 100 while the investigation continues.

The band director from FAMU who was removed after Champion's death found support at a vigil Thursday night at the Gateway Mall. Julian White was once at Raines High School. Duval County School Board Betty Burney said everything she knows about leadership, she learned from White.

"Dr. White was my band director at Raines. He taught us about leadership. If he says he did everything to prevent the hazing, I have no choice but to believe him, " Burney told First Coast News.

Audio of the 911 call obtained Thursday by The Associated Press indicates that Champion had stopped breathing and was unresponsive at the time an unidentified man called the emergency dispatcher.

A 911 caller said a Florida A&M University band member had vomit in his mouth and nose in the moments before he died.

In the 911 call, the dispatcher can be heard telling the caller to place Champion on his back and clean the vomit from his nose and mouth.

But the call was disconnected before the caller could say if he was successful.

Associated Press

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