Funeral held for Delaware State University student who crashed car as result of alleged hazing

Funeral services were held on Friday for a Delaware State University student who fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed his car as the result of alleged fraternity hazing.

Marlon Jackson, 22, fell asleep behind the wheel of his Chevy Impala with three passengers aboard and spun into oncoming traffic on Route 1 North on Feb. 23.

Jackson was rushed to the hospital and kept alive by a breathing machine, but succumbed to his injuries the next day.

Jackson's family alleges that Marlon, who was pledging to the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, was being sleep deprived and beaten during his initiation.

Delaware State University Police have opened an investigation into the fraternity and halted its activity on campus. The fraternity's parent organization in Philadelphia has also suspended the Delaware State University chapter.

"We don't condone hazing in any way or any form," said Delaware State University Provost, Tony Allen.

Meanwhile, the family has hired a Philadelphia litigator, Tom Kline, for a possible civil suit.

Jackson, who was an Air National Guard reservist, is remembered as a loving son and brother.