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6 Years Ago, Fellow Soldiers Abused Private Danny Chen and Drove Him to Suicide Because He’s Asian

On October 3, 2011, Private Danny Chen was found dead at a guard tower in Kandahar province, Afghanistan from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. His suicide was preceded by racial harassment and beatings from his fellow soldiers — all because he was of Chinese descent.

Chen, a Chinatown, NYC native, was bright and full of personality. Banny Chen, his cousin, also remembers him fondly. At a family wedding, eight-year-old Danny Chen was the first on the dance floor, busting moves like no one was watching. “And eventually, people started joining one by one,” Banny Chen said to the Washington Post.