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Vigil held on anniversary of drum major's death

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DECATUR, Ga. -

The family of a Florida A&M drum major who died a year ago after being beaten during a hazing ritual held a candlelight vigil on Monday to mark the anniversary.

Authorities have charged more than a dozen fellow band members in Robert Champion's death. Champion's family, who lives in Georgia, was recently offered a $300,000 settlement from the school. Their attorney has called the offer "substantively low."

Ten FAMU band members face felony hazing charges in the case, while two others face misdemeanor counts.

In their lawsuit, Champion's parents contend university officials didn't take action to stop hazing, though a dean proposed suspending the famed Marching 100 band just days before their son died.

At the vigil, Robert's mother, Pam Champion, said that they need to keep alive the message that hazing is wrong. She then spoke about losing her son.

"I miss my baby. I miss him. So I think of him constantly. Usually when I speak, I don't really speak about him because it's too emotional. But I will do that tonight. But I miss him so much," said Pam Champion.

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