Danny Chen: Soldier’s family wants answers about his death
One Chinatown family wants to know how their son ended up dead from a gunshot wound in his Army barracks in Afghanistan.
Private Danny Chen, 19, who grew up in Manhattan and was deployed to Afghanistan two months ago, was found dead Oct. 3.
The Army is investigating, and preliminary reports suggest suicide — but his family wants to know more.
Family friends have told reporters that Chen was harassed by others at his base, including one apparent attack where he was beaten by fellow soldiers.
Yesterday, Chinatown Councilwoman Margaret Chin, along with other local officials, demanded more details — such as interviews with other soldiers. She said she also wants to find out if Chen, reportedly the only Asian-American soldier in his barracks, had been bullied.
“We demand a full, transparent investigation,” Chin said.
Chen’s body was flown to LaGuardia last Sunday, and his funeral was Thursday on Mulberry Street.
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