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The cameras recorded Piazza drinking vodka and beer around 9:20 p.m., and an hour later needing help to walk from an area near the basement stairs to a couch, staggering and hunched over. He's later shown trying unsuccessfully to open the front door, then "severely staggering drunkenly toward the basement steps" about 10:45 p.m., the grand jury report said.
He was subsequently found at the bottom of the steps after apparently falling face-first. Four brothers carried his limp body back upstairs, where some poured liquid on him, and another slapped him in the face, the jury said. Fraternity members put a backpack containing textbooks on him so he would not suffocate on his own vomit, the jury wrote.
When a fraternity brother insisted Piazza needed medical help, he was confronted and shoved into a wall, the report said. When the same brother insisted again that Piazza required help, he was told others were biology and kinesiology majors so his opinion wasn't as valuable as theirs, the jury said.