ANCHORAGE, Alaska —
On Thursday the Chen family shared new information at a press conference about Danny Chen's death. Chen was a soldier based at Fort Wainwright, who apparently committed suicide in Afghanistan. A spokesperson for the family said Army officials told them Wednesday the 19-year-old was subject to abuse and excessive exercises—mistreatment that his family claimed ultimately led to his death.
“Rocks were thrown at him to simulate artillery coming at him. He was subjected to racial slurs,” said Elizabeth Ouyang from the Organization of Chinese Americans.Chen was found dead October 3rd in an Afghanistan guardhouse, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“We must be able to see that justice can be served,” said Ouyang. “What happened to Danny can happen to any one of us because of the color of our skin and the shape of our eyes.”