2nd FAMU Band Member Beaten On Bus Before Drum Major Died

Source: Mike Morris / Atlanta Journal-Constitution

On the same day of Robert Champion’s hazing death on a Florida A&M University band bus, another band member on the same bus was severely beaten, the Orlando Sentinel reported on Thursday.

Requesta Harden, a 21-year-old drummer from Pompano Beach, told authorities investigating Champion’s death that she was riding on Bus C from the band’s hotel to the Nov. 19 Florida Classic football game when fellow percussionist Dante Martin, the unofficial “president” of the drum bus, tapped her on the shoulder and sent her to the back of the bus for a ritual known as the “hot seat,” the Sentinel said, quoting investigative documents released on Wednesday.

“In the hot seat, they put a blanket over my head and I was, like, in the crash position and then they start beating me,” Harden told investigators.

The Sentinel reported that Harden told investigators that she was hit with open hands, fists and drumsticks between 200 and 300 times, and that she “blacked out” at the stadium, fell against a band member and could not perform at the game. The newspaper reported that she rode back to the hotel on a different bus because she was scared.

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