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FAMU band member's family settles with bus company

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The family of a Florida A&M University drum major who died after being hazed has reached a settlement with the owner of the bus in which the hazing took place.

An attorney for the family of Robert Champion said Wednesday that he would file a motion this week dismissing the negligence lawsuit against Fabulous Coach Lines and a bus driver.

Chris Chestnut wouldn't disclose the terms but a court document suggests the settlement was reached last summer.

An attorney for the bus company, Richard Ford, didn't respond to a phone message or email.

The family still is pursuing a lawsuit against the university.

Fifteen former band members were charged with manslaughter and hazing in the November 2011 death of Champion, of Decatur, Georgia.

Four defendants face trial next month.

Meanwhile, Champion's family says they are on a mission to be sure what happened to them never happens to another family.

Pam and Robert Champion, Sr. held a community meeting in Decatur, featuring a panel of experts on the subjects of hazing and bullying.

"An event like this, it tells the real stories," said Pam Champion. "With what happened to my son, it's almost like we were commissioned to take that message so that no other parent has to experience what we've gone through."

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