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Carrboro Police exploring whether hazing led to UNC student's death

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Carrboro Police are continuing to investigate how University of North Carolina freshman David Shannon died over the weekend and are checking to see whether hazing was involved.

"That is one of the angles we are looking at," said Lt. Chris Atack, the spokesman for the department. "At this point, we don't have anything to support that."

Police said it appears Shannon climbed on some machinery at the Ready Mixed Concrete Plant on Guthrie Avenue in Carrboro before falling 17 feet.

Witnesses said Shannon had been drinking alcohol prior to the incident, according to Carrboro Police. Police believe alcohol could be a contributing factor in Shannon’s death.

Atack said police investigators spent the day talking to people about the circumstances of Shannon's death. The department has had multiple meetings about the incident, including one with Chief Carolyn Hutchison late Monday afternoon.

"The big thing is, 'What's the causality behind this? What's the criminality, if any?" Atack said.

He said the department believes no foul play was involved. But, he said, police are beginning to have an idea of what led to his death.

"We have a decent idea of where we are going," Atack said. "The picture and pieces are starting to fall into place."

Atack said more details are expected to be released Tuesday morning.

Shannon was a freshman from Charlotte who went to Myers Park High School. He joined Chi Phi, a popular UNC fraternity, this fall, The Daily Tar Heel has reported. A vigil was planned on campus in his memory Monday night.

Jack Partain, president of the Interfraternity Council at UNC, told NBC-17, "The investigation is on-going and we aren't going to speculate as to details."

The Daily Tar Heel reported in September that the fraternity system was investigating nine reports of hazing among multiple chapters.

Police said his body was found in the Brewer Lane area near Main Street.

UNC students were stunned by the news.

"It's a little jarring, like I don't know what to make of it," Jackson Knapp, a Carolina student, said Sunday. 

"I had a lot of friends who knew him," said Mickey Christiano. 

Christiano said his friends spoke highly of Shannon. Several students said he lived in GranvilleTowers, and there were grief counselors stationed there Sunday.

"I woke up this morning and Facebook was full of statuses about how great of a person he was and everybody just really feels like this was an unfortunate situation," Christiano said.

Shannon's Facebook page said he liked music from the Dave Matthews Band and enjoyed reading "The Hunger Games."

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