Four people have been arrested in connection with the rape of a student at Louisiana State University who was fatally struck by a car after being left on the side of the road following the assault.
Kaivon Deondre Washington, age 18, and an unidentified 17-year-old have been charged with third-degree rape. Everett Lee, age 28, and Casen Carver, age 18, were charged with principal to third-degree rape, which means they were present but did not commit the alleged crime.
The Advocate reports that Madison Brooks had been drinking at an off-campus pub, where she met the 17-year-old suspect and left with him and three other suspects.
The newspaper said that Brooks requested them to drive her home since she was intoxicated and unable to locate her pals. Authorities say she was raped in the back of the car.
When Brooks, age 19, was unable to tell them where she lived, they put her off on Burbank Drive. Later, she was struck by a vehicle.
She reportedly had a blood-alcohol level of .319. This roughly quadruples the legal limit and could result in unconsciousness.
LSU President William F. Tate IV issued a statement saying: “Madison was a daughter, a granddaughter, a sister, a niece, a classmate, and a friend to many of you. According to all accounts, she was an extraordinary young woman with boundless potential. She should not have been taken from us in this way. What occurred to her was reprehensible, and our legal system will administer justice.”
Tate stated that all of the suspects “engaged in this horrifying event” were young but had consumed alcohol at a bar before to the incident.
“We will work openly against any business that doesn’t join us in efforts toward creating a safer environment for our students. Enough is sufficient, “The assertion continued.
Brooks was a member of the sorority Alpha Phi at LSU. In a Facebook post the chapter wrote: “We send our deepest sympathies to her family and friends during this incredibly difficult time. And we respectfully ask for time and space so we may support each other in our healing process.”
A funeral mass for Brooks was scheduled at St. Peter Catholic Church in Covington, La. on Feb. 3, 2023.