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Four students injured in fight

12/05/2004

Four Miami University students, including football star Michael Larkin, required hospital treatment today (Dec. 5) following an early morning fracas in a university parking lot.

The four students were Larkin, 22, a senior from Cincinnati, who was admitted to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford; Bryan C. Byrd, 22, a senior from Cincinnati, also admitted to the hospital; Vashon W. Williams, 21, a junior from Cleveland Heights, who at last report was still being treated at the hospital; and Nathaniel T. Smith, 21, a junior from Bedford, treated and released.

None of the injuries was life threatening, according to university officials, who said three of the victim had been stabbed and a fourth sustained an eye injury.

Larkin was the only intercollegiate athlete among the four treated.

Miami University police were called to the parking lot behind Morris House, located on Church Street, at about 4 a.m. to intervene in a reported dispute that involved a car being blocked in the parking lot.

When police arrived the incident had ended and bystanders failed to tell officers that anyone had been injured.

The victims went to McCullough-Hyde Hospital on their own.

Miami police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fight. University officials said any student implicated in the situation could face both criminal and disciplinary charges. Disciplinary action could include expulsion.

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