2nd body recovered from Appomattox river in VSU student search

ETTRICK, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield Fire crews recovered a second body in the search for a Virginia State University student who went missing during a hazing ritual in the Appomattox River.

Police say the body was pulled from the river around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday morning and transported to the Medical Examiner's office. Authorities haven't conclusively ruled the body was that of Jauwan M. Holmes, 19, who went missing during early Saturday morning.

Seven VSU students were trying to walk across the Appomattox river early Saturday as part of their initiation into Men of Honor, an unsanctioned organization at VSU. Holmes and Marvell Edmondson, 19, were reported missing when a swift current swept them downstream. Police pulled the body of pulled the body of Edmondson from the river Monday.

Chesterfield Police charged four people with hazing in connection with the death Tuesday. James Mackey Sr, 35, Eriq Benson, 19, Cory Baytop, 26, and Charles Zollicoffer II, 29, face five counts of hazing. The men are affiliated with Men of Honor, an unsanctioned organization at VSU. Police are still trying to find Zollicoffer, while the others have been arrested.

Authorities searched three of Mackey's businesses Monday; Mack's Grill, United Unisex Salon and XPress Transportation, according to witnesses. Mackey has since been released on bond.

Some of the students who were in the river say Men of Honor held other pledge events at or behind Mackey's businesses.

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