NIU on Pike hazing case: condolences to Bogenbergers

By Northern Star staff

NIU says it empathizes with the Bogenberger family in a statement issued after Pike fraternity members took plea deals for their roles in pledge David Bogenberger’s death.

Bogenberger, who was 19 years old, was pledging to Pi Kappa Alpha when he was found unresponsive Nov. 2, 2012, at the former fraternity house, 1020 W. Hillcrest Drive, with a blood-alcohol content of .351 percent, according to a DeKalb County Coroner’s report. Twenty-two Pike members faced felony or misdemeanor hazing charges in relation to Bogenberger’s death. Those who faced charges made agreements and were sentenced to 100 hours community service and fines of $500 to $1,000 on Friday.

“We empathize with the Bogenberger family and acknowledge their feelings in what has been found by the court to be a wrongful death,” NIU said in a statement released shortly after the court hearings. “We trust in the wisdom of the judicial system as pertains to these cases and again offer condolences to the family regarding this tragic loss.”

NIU sanctioned the Pikes and the fraternity was shuttered in 2012 after Bogenberger’s death.