Raheel Siddiqui, a 20-year-old Muslim recruit, jumped to his death in a suicide at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C., in March, officials said.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Thursday, September 8, 2016, 3:56 PM
The suicide of a Muslim Marine Corps recruit amid widespread hazing could lead to punishment or charges against 20 officers and enlisted leaders, officials said Thursday.
Investigators said a drill instructor physically abused Raheel Siddiqui, 20, and called him a terrorist, Marine officials told the Wall Street Journal.Three internal investigations revealed Siddiqui leapt from the balcony of a barracks building to his death in March at the Parris Island recruit-training center after a drill instructor slapped him in the face.
The instructor made him run from one end of the barracks to the other March 18 after Siddiqui asked to go to the infirmary for a sore throat without following proper procedure, the investigation found. An autopsy ruled his death a suicide, but a lawyer for Siddiqui’s family has said they “always suspected hazing of some sort.”
Marine officials fired the three most senior Marines in charge of Siddiqui’s unit and removed from duty each of the other commanders and senior enlisted leaders identified for possible charges or administrative punishment.
A 2011 file photo shows U.S. Marines lining up before a graduation ceremony on Parris Island, the Corps’ famed training center.
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