Robert Champion's family declines FAMU settlement offer

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- The family of the Florida A&M University drum major who died after a hazing incident last year is turning down a settlement offer from the university.

Robert Champion's family tells 11Alive News they will press on with their lawsuit instead of accepting FAMU's $300,000 offer.

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The university made the offer this week following an unsuccessful mediation session between university attorneys and attorneys representing Robert Champion's family.

The amount represented the maximum amount FAMU could pay without seeking the Florida Legislature's approval.

Larry Robinson, FAMU's interim president, would not comment directly on the offer. Robinson would only say the university legal team was trying to resolve the litigation.

Champion died after he was beaten by fellow members of The Marching 100 during a hazing ritual in Orlando. The Decatur native graduated from Southwest DeKalb High School.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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