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UB freshman who died after possible hazing called dedicated student

The University at Buffalo freshman who died following a suspected hazing incident was remembered by his roommates as a dedicated student who was passionate about soccer, according to the UB Spectrum, the student-run newspaper at the university.

Sebastian Serafin-Bazan, 18, kept a note above his desk that read "GPA goal 4.0," the Spectrum reported.

"He was really funny and dedicated to whatever he was interested in," the Spectrum quoted roommate Daequan Rankine as saying.

Another roommate, Haris Siddiqui, described Serafin-Bazan as a "quiet, nice" guy with whom he shared a lot of laughs.

"He always worked really hard," Siddiqui told the Spectrum. "He would always put his GPA goal up on his desk and I would always see him studying every time I walked in, especially during the first half of the year."

Buffalo police said Wednesday that Serafin-Bazan died in Buffalo General Medical Center, where he had been in critical condition since suffering cardiac arrest early Friday morning at a house on Custer Street associated with the Sigma Pi fraternity.

Serafin-Bazan, who was from Westchester County, lived in the Ellicott Complex on UB's North Campus in Amherst.

Buffalo police homicide detectives have been investigating the case. Police were awaiting results of an autopsy, which is to be conducted Thursday, Capt. Jeff Rinaldo said.

Serafin-Bazan had been ordered to perform exercises inside the house on Custer Street, two police sources have previously said. Preliminary toxicology reports  showed no alcohol or drugs in his system, the sources have said.

Serafin-Bazan was recently treated for a respiratory ailment, possibly the flu, according to the sources.

UB on Monday suspended all official activities for Greek-letter fraternities and sororities through at least the start of the fall semester as the university undertakes an internal review.

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