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"It's a huge problem" family of Nolan Burch wants more done in wake of possible hazing death

Posted at 11:33 PM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 23:33:06-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Following the death of Sebastian Serafin-Bazan in a possible hazing incident at UB, it brought Kim and TJ Burch back almost five years, when their son Nolan died from hazing at West Virginia University.

"I know exactly how those people feel unfortunately," Kim Burch said, "I mean, I don't wish it on my worst enemy. It's an undescribeable feeling."

Their son's death led to the creation of the NMB Foundation, which looks to assist young adults in recognizing and preventing the dangers associated with hazing.

"We can be a part of helping this generation be the one to stop (hazing)" TJ Burch said.

The Burch's want to show young adults that getting help should always be the first response, and not the last resort.

"It's a ripple effect," Kim said, "One person can change so many lives. I mean we wouldn't be sitting here if one person had done the right thing that night."

The Burch's believe that the responsibility ultimately falls on Greek Life as a whole, as well as lawmakers. If there is a zero tolerance police from the top, the Burch's think, the students will follow.

For more information on the NMB Foundation, visit their website here.