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Congresswoman: NY soldier was harassed, assaulted
8 US soldiers charged in private's apparent suicide; congresswoman says he was hazing victim
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' A congresswoman says a soldier from New York faced racial harassment and assault before he died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot.

Rep. Nydia Velazquez said at a news conference Wednesday in Manhattan's Chinatown that fellow soldiers called Pvt. Danny Chen "Jackie Chen" in a derisive accent.

She says he was dragged across a floor, had stones thrown at the back of his head and was forced to hold liquid in his mouth while upside down as part of apparent hazing.

The Army said Wednesday that soldiers in his company have been charged with crimes ranging from dereliction of duty to involuntary manslaughter in Chen's Oct. 3 death.

The Army announced earlier that it was investigating Chen's death.

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