NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Chinese-Americans in New York are decrying the suicide of a 19-year-old soldier who allegedly was hazed because of his ethnicity.
WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reports
“We want justice for Pvt. Danny Chen,” said Elizabeth OuYang, president of the New York chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans. “The chain of command failed Pvt. Danny Chen, but our justice system cannot.”
Holcomb is one of eight soldiers charged in connection with Chen’s death. He faces nearly 18 years in prison if convicted of all charges.
The charges range from dereliction of duty to assault, negligent homicide and involuntary manslaughter.
According to the Army, the other soldiers charged are 1st Lt. Daniel J. Schwartz, Staff Sgt. Blaine G. Dugas, Staff Sgt. Andrew J. Van Bockel, Sgt. Jeffrey T. Hurst, Spc. Thomas P. Curtis, Spc. Ryan J. Offutt and Sgt. Travis F. Carden.
Chen’s parents left for North Carolina on Sunday.
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