Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Marquise BrahamThe family of a Queens teenager who they say committed suicide two weeks ago in Uniondale over hazing rituals at his Pennsylvania university fraternity hopes his story serves as a wake-up call.Marquise Braham, an 18-year-old freshman at Penn State Altoona, had jumped to his death from the roof of the Long Island Marriot the night of Friday, March 14. His family, who are holding services on LI for the Rosedale teen starting Thursday, suspects that his suicide stemmed from pledging with Phi Sigma Kappa.“It’s what happened in Altoona that sent him off the roof of the Marriott in New York,” the teen’s father, Rich Braham, told Altoona Mirror, the local newspaper covering the western Keystone State college town. “It’s clear he didn’t want to go back there.”The family has given the teen’s cell phone and laptop computer to Nassau County police, who are turning the evidence over to Logan township police, authorities said. The university and national chapter of the fraternity have both reportedly suspended the local chapter, meaning it can’t take on new pledges pending completion of the probes.“We’re hearing rumors, but at this point that’s what they are to us until we can prove them,” Ron Heller, chief of Logan township police, told the Press. “We’re looking at a whole gambit of things.”Heller said that aside from possible violations of Pennsylvania anti-hazing law, if there’s evidence that Braham killed himself out of duress from his alleged involvement in hazing, then charges could be filed under the state’s assisted suicide law, too. He noted that his investigators have interviewed two people so far, but the teen’s frat brothers have hired attorneys.Braham, who had graduated from Kellenberg Memorial High School—a block from the hotel where he took his life—was home on spring break at the time of his death.Mike Paul, the family spokesman, said that Braham had become part of the Altoona frat’s leadership as the chapter’s secretary while in his second semester, which he noted is rare.“The Braham family has two goals: to find out and share the whole truth…as to what caused their son to take his own life, and to allow fellow parents and students at Penn State and nationwide to learn the truth about what is happening within fraternities,” said Paul, who also had a message for the teen’s frat-mates.“If you can go to sleep at night and say, ‘the fraternity and hazing had absolutely nothing to do with this,’ you go ahead and do that,” Paul said. “But if you’re up at night…it will eat you up the rest of your life. This is not a short-term thing….tell the truth to law enforcement, the truth will set you free.”Wake services for Braham are scheduled for 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Park Funeral Chapel, 2175 Jericho Tpke. in Garden City Park. His funeral is slated for 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Snows, 258-15 80th Ave. in Floral Park.The family requests donations be made in his memory to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention here.
September 17, 2020
Marcellus, unable to keep up with the Warriors, still had Bronte Stahl finish with six kills and six digs, while Jenna Mattison produced 10 assists. Elaine Grattan had eight digs and Evelyn Webster contributed seven digs.A day later, Westhill routed Institute of Technology Central 25-9, 25-6, 25-5, serving up 30 aces, six each by Schwartz and Jill Wicks. Galante and Schmitz each got four aces as Heinrich earned nine kills and Tori Militi earned 11 assists.Skaneateles got challenged a bit last Tuesday by Syracuse Academy of Science, who rallied to win the second set 25-22 after the Lakers beat them 25-10 in the opener. Regrouping, Skaneateles claimed the next two sets by 25-17 and 25-18 margins to take the match as Lily Delasin did it all, earning 23 assists, nine aces, seven kills and six digs. Maeve Canty got 13 kills and eight digs, with Emma Miller adding four kills. Emma Keady and Georgia Congel got three kills apiece.Against Bishop Grimes Thursday night, the Lakers were steady and solid in a 25-14, 25-18, 25-18 sweep. Delasin had 17 assists, six kills, two kills and three blocks, while Canty got 14 kills and 12 digs. Keady served up five aces to go with five assists.Meanwhile, Marcellus beat Phoenix 25-10, 25-21, 25-21, with Stahl earning six kills and nine digs as Mattison picked up 12 assists.Solvay got into a long battle with Mexico last Tuesday, splitting the first two sets, each by 25-21 margins, and then losing the third set 25-23 before claiming the fourth set 25-22. The final set was close, too, but the Tigers edged the Bearcats 25-21.Still, Sophia Guadagnolo ahd a triple-double of 31 assists, 15 blocks and 10 digs as Myah Platler got 13 kills, nine aces and 21 digs.Jordan Bamba earned 17 digs as Ryleigh Bidwell, Anastasia LaFlair and Genea Kadlubowski had six kills apiece. Two nights later, Solvay lost, 25-13, 25-23, 21-25, 25-12 to Homer.Jordan-Elbridge hosted Mexico last Monday night and the Eagles proved quite steady in a 25-18, 25-18, 25-17 victory over the Tigers.Ashlee Eaton produced seven kills, with Ranait McGuire adding six kills and three blocks. Sarah Lane fed both of them with 16 assists as Paige Lane set a winning tone wither six aces.In Thursday’s 25-13, 25-8, 21-25, 25-23 defeat to LaFayette, the Eagles nearly erased a 2-0 deficit, but saw that comeback thwarted as Lane had 12 assists, Eaton earning five kills and McGuire adding four kills. Liz Bartoszewski produced seven digs.West Genesee went up close against reigning Class AA power Baldwinsville last Monday and took a 25-13, 25-12, 25-5 defeat to the Bees.Anna Snyder finished with seven assists, while Mackenzie Winn and Riley Abdou each got four digs. Brooke Zajac, Mia Lamanna and Izzy Allen had three kills apiece. B’ville’s Kyrah Wilbur and Brooke Clute each had nine kills as Jenna Garvey got 18 assists.Then WG lost to Fayetteville-Manlius on Wednesday night 25-22, 25-10, 25-20. Snyder finished with 16 assists, Zajac getting seven kills and Quirk adding five kills.Bishop Ludden won a long battle with Hamilton last Tuesday, the Gaelic Knights dropping the first set 25-18 but then claiming the next two sets 25-11 and 25-22.The Emerald Knights won the fourth set 25-19, but Ludden claimed the final set 25-18 as Kate Ruddy dished out 32 assists, with Megan Virkler earning 10 kills and Jasmine Cuffee and Jayden Burney each getting nine kills. AllyRoyal had 15 assists.In another five-set match on Thursday, Ludden nearly upended Cazenovia, taking the first two sets 27-25 and 25-22, only to have the Lakers rallyand win the next three sets 25-20, 25-13 and 25-18.Through it all, Ruddy picked up 34 assists, while Virkler gained 14 kills. Royal had 24 digs and Cuffee got 17 digs to go with her six kills. Alexis Pietrowski finished with 12 killsShare this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Even with serious challengers rising around them, the path to glory in area high school girls volleyball still runs through Westhill.Completing an early clean sweep of all of its neighbors, the Warriors met up with Marcellus last Tuesday night, and a dominant 25-10 first set the tone, Westhill going on to win the next two sets over the Mustangs 25-19 and 25-21.Sara Galante put away 20 kills and got eight digs as teammate Kate Heinrich added seven kills. Sara Schwartz finished with 27 assists and three aces as Gianna Militi amassed 22 digs and four aces. Hannah Schmitz had six digs. Tags: Bishop Luddengirls volleyballJ-EMarcellusskaneatelesSolvayWest GeneseeWesthill
January 10, 2020
For more information on the Death Review Panel, you can visit the Government’s website. VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Coroners Service’s Death Review Panel has released a report looking at how police play a role in the mental health system.According to the Review Panel, after examining the deaths of people who died during or within 24 hours following contact with police in B.C., it was determined that police are a de facto part of the mental health system.The panel is suggesting that the role of policing should be implemented into the provincial mental health strategy, highlighting that more assessment and training opportunities exist.- Advertisement -Panel Chair, Michael Egilson, says it is important to acknowledge that police play a role and that they should be incorporated in a province-wide mental health and addictions strategy.“We need to drive home the point that the police have become part of the mental health system and that their role needs to be acknowledged, supported and incorporated into the larger provincial mental health and addictions strategy.”The Death Review Panel included 19-panel experts who are professionals with expertise in policing, policing oversight, public health, health services, mental health and addictions, and Indigenous health.Advertisement