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Death of NYC college student in Pa. ruled homicide

Updated Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 | 9:26 a.m.

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania coroner says the death of a New York City college student during an apparent fraternity ritual was a homicide.

The Luzerne County coroner's office said Friday the Dec. 8 death of Chun "Michael" Deng was a homicide. It referred all other inquiries to police.

Monroe County District Attorney David Christine has said he plans to file criminal charges in the Baruch (buh-ROOK') College freshman's death.

About 30 Pi Delta Psi members spent that weekend at a home in Tunkhannock Township, Pa., about 100 miles west of New York City in the Pocono Mountains.

Authorities allege that Deng sustained a fatal brain injury during an initiation ritual in the snow with three other pledges.

Baruch representatives did not immediately respond to messages.