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Investigators continue to unravel secrecy behind FAMU band


DECATUR, GA (CNN) -- Authorities investigating the death of a Florida A&M drum major have now uncovered financial irregularities involving the school's band.

Right now, authorities do not believe the irregularities are related to Robert Champion.

He died last month following a suspected hazing incident.

"One of the things that we have found with hazing is there is a veil of secrecy," says Florida A&M University President James Ammons.

One student has decided to lift that veil.

Bria Hunter says she knew Champion.

She says just a few weeks before his death, she was beaten by members of the Red-Dawg Order -- a group of FAMU band members from Georgia.

"They went around the room and they asked people did you want to be a part of this organization," says Hunter.

Hunter said yes and ended up hospitalized with a cracked thigh bone.

Hunter has since decided to withdraw from FAMU.

3 band members face criminal charges in the case.

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