Since the 2021 alcohol poisoning death of our client, VCU freshman and Delta Chi pledge Adam Oakes, anti-hazing legislation known as “Adam’s Law” has passed in Virginia, hazing prevention training has been established and now a documentary about the incident is being released.
The fraternity brothers in the documentary retold the chilling night in Oakes’ hazing-related death — in their own words.
Quotes from Death Of A Pledge: The Adam Oakes Story:
“I would always tell the guys, ‘If anyone gets a bid, it needs to be him [Adam].’ On the way to my house, I stopped by the liquor store and bought a regular bottle of Jack Daniels — and then I bought a bigger one.”
“In the group chat, the guys were like ‘Oh my God. Adam’s dead.’ I was thinking they were f****** with me.”
“My mom is calling me. She’s hysterical, crying. She said police came to the house and that they surrounded the house and said I needed to go to jail.”
“Whenever I see his picture, especially the one where he is smiling, I think about his family and all the pain that I have caused them. And that there is nothing I can do.”
“There was no other alternative. I was guilty. I provided him the bottle.”
Andrew White, Adam Oakes’ big brother
“They wait up in a bedroom to be brought down, one by one, on a staircase to meet their big brother — which is the big-little ceremony. All the brothers lined at the bottom of the staircase, and then one brother on the staircase announcing, ‘And next up is… Adam Oakes.‘”
Christian Rohrback, VCU Delta Chi Pledge Master
“Adam was very, very outgoing. Very, very funny. Always had that smile on his face at all times.”
“I was excited to be with him in a fraternity and grow with him. I think we would have been friends for a very long time. This is a way to turn something absolutely horrible and tragic into something positive that we can actually build on — and prevent from ever happening again.”
Jason Mulgrew, VCU Delta Chi President
“His alcohol level at the time of death was probably in excess of a .40 — he didn’t have a chance.
Alison Martin, Prosecutor
Adam drank a bottle of Jack Daniels the night of the incident — referred to as a handle, the large bottle was 1.75 liters of whiskey, or about 39 shots. He was pronounced dead the following morning.