Supporters, family of Armando Villa hand out water bottles to students

 

Karen Carbentti, 21, senior, Arleen Morales, 22, senior and Karina Ortiz, 21, junior, write on water bottles, "I will prevent hazing" to bring awareness to students. The water bottles were being given away for free outside of Sierra Hall by Armando Villa supporters. Photo Credit: Araceli Castillo/ Photo Editor
Karen Carbentti, 21, senior, Arleen Morales, 22, senior and Karina Ortiz, 21, junior, write on water bottles, “I will prevent hazing” to bring awareness to students. The water bottles were being given away for free outside of Sierra Hall by Armando Villa supporters. Photo Credit: Araceli Castillo/ Photo Editor

 

Friends and supporters of Armando Villa gathered outside Sierra Tower today on the first day of Rush Week to pass out water bottles to students with the words, “Stop hazing” written on them.

The 19-year-old freshman died during a hazing incident while hiking in the Angeles National Forest with his fraternity in July.

“Justice for Armando! Stop hazing!” was belted into a blow horn by friends of Villa.

The event served as a fundraiser for Villa’s family and to raise awareness by supporters for the death of Villa.

Shirts with Villa’s face were sold for $10 as well as $1 bracelets.

Joshua Castañeda, Villa’s cousin, 22, biology major said Villa joined the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity with the hopes of putting an end to hazing rituals.

Castañeda handed out flyers that read “stop hazing” and “#justice for Armando.”

“I still want justice, so I can get a feeling of a bit of relief,” he said.

The supporters said they hope their actions will cause others to want to get involved and help put an end to student deaths caused by hazing.

The Pi Kappa Phi fraternity was shut down permanently by the national chapter on Friday following the conclusion of CSUN’s independent investigation into the death of Villa.