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US soldier's family gives update on his suicide

Published: Thu, January 5, 2012 @ 4:38 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a New York City Army private who committed suicide in Afghanistan has learned from investigators new details about allegations of mistreatment by his comrades.

Daniel Chen's parents had a news conference today to disclose what Army investigators told them.

A spokeswoman for Chen's parents said investigators told them that on the day of his death, he was forced to crawl 100 meters on gravel with his equipment on as his comrades threw rocks at him.

The Army said its delegation briefed the family Wednesday. It didn't disclose details.

It's alleged that Chen was mistreated shortly before he committed suicide in an Afghanistan guardhouse. His body was found Oct. 3.

Eight of his former comrades, including one from Youngstown and one from Greenville, Pa., in Mercer County, face charges ranging from dereliction of duty to involuntary manslaughter.


1bookgirl(29 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Shame on them.

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2navygirl(14 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Don't judge people. You don't know the whole story. The guy from Youngstown was raised by great people. The bull crap is he killed himself because he couldn't handle a little hazing. Unless you are in the military then you don't know what goes on. There is hazing all the time. If you can't handle it obviously you are weak and shouldn't be in the military. This softening of the military needs to stop.

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3Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I have to agree with navygirl on this. Hazing in the military has been going on for a long time.

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4navygirl(14 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


Unless you are in the military you have no idea what goes on. Hazing is common practice and it seems like the Army is trying to make an example of these men because the chinese community is in an outrage. If that wasn't the case then I'm sure they may get punished but not like this.

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