EIU Fraternity Party Ends in Violence
CHARLESTON— A “Barn Party” hosted by Eastern Illinois University’s Phi Beta Sigma fraternity ended in violence, with nearly 100 people fighting in the streets after gunshots rang out in the midst of the revelry. Two gunshot victims and a suspected battery victim, who was unconscious upon discovery, were taken away to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center by Charleston Fire Department in the early morning hours of Sunday, September 15, 2013.
The Charleston Police Department was assisted by Eastern Illinois University Police, the Coles County Sheriff’s Department, the Mattoon Police Department, the Illinois State Police, and the Coles County State’s Attorney’s Office in handling the estimated 400 people in attendance at the ‘gathering’ when they arrived on the scene close to 2:30am Sunday morning.
Authorities have released the names of two individuals arrested for hindering attempts made by police to investigate the shootings. In a news release from Charleston police, authorities named Marquis Green, 24, from Park Forest, and Kajuan Wright, 23, of DeKalb,
as being arrested on suspicion of obstructing justice. It said the arrests resulted from the investigation of shootings that took place at the party at 634 W. State St., at about 2:24 a.m. Sunday. Neither men are currently students at EIU.
The event was being promoted by G.O.M.A.B. Productions out of the Chicago area. G.O.M.A.B. is an acronym that has been adopted by Phi Beta Sigma fraternity members in pursuit of luring prospective members to ‘rush’ or ‘pledge’ their fraternity. According to one Phi Beta Sigma website, the acronym is explained like this:
The grounds of which the brothers of Phi Beta Sigma walk are above us. To get where you guys are we mere scum must have a plan. That’s where GOMAB comes into to play. What does GOMAB mean to us? Well, we would like to think of the “G” as a representative for GUIDANCE. We put all our thoughts together and come together as one. As one unit, there should be no OBSTACLE, which represents the “O” that we cannot accomplish. Individually, we are nothing, but as one unit we possess a MIND, which represents the “M”, stronger than a steel wall. The “A” plays an important part in all of this. It represents ATMOSPHERE. You’re probably wondering “ATMOSPHERE?” But we mere scum are here to let the brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity know that regardless of the ATMOSPHERE, we will NEVER be weak-minded. However, if we do allow ourselves to become weak-minded, or in other words, if we “f*ck up,” the representation of the “B” will take into effect: WE GET BLASTED!!!
At the time this article was written the names of the victims had not been released, and the investigation is ongoing.
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