Nightly News | May 23, 2012
>>> last november, the death of florida a&m 's famed marching band put a spotlight on hazing among big- time marching bands. tonight, there are new details on what happened in the moments leading up to robert champion's death. our report tonight from nbc's kerry sanders .
>> florida a&m drum major robert champion was beaten and stomped to death in what the prosecutor called homicide by hazing. in more than 1,500 pages of court documents, they included those who carried his casket and he willingly faced it down.
>> did anyone try to take him into it or talk him out of it?
>> he was wanting to do it all season.
>> bise is among 11 members now charged with his attack, an attack that spiraled out of control.
>> i saw people kicking him, so i stopped them from kicking him and i put my body around his body.
>> after climbing onto one of nine charter buses, in the darknist, he faced down the cross over , a band nishation in which members endure a gauntlet, stumbling from the front to the back of the bus. members punched, hit, and kicked him.
>> he said he couldn't breathe. so i checked hum.
>> this is shameful.
>> champion's parents and his lawyer said they're not satisfied with the third degree felony hazing charges. they call this a murder and dismiss any notion their son willingly submitted.
>> he wasn't violent. he wouldn't do any hazing.
>> according to the investigation, at least two other band members were also hazed that weekend. they survived their attacks, unlike robert champion. kerry sanders , nbc news, miami.