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NY Chinese-Americans Decry Soldier's Death

Monday, July 23, 2012

A portrait of Army Pvt. Danny Chen is placed on a car in his funeral procession in Chinatown on October 13, 2011 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images/Getty)

Chinese-Americans in New York are decrying the suicide of a soldier who allegedly was hazed because of his ethnicity.

They held a press conference Monday in Manhattan before leaving for a North Carolina court martial.

Military officials say Pvt. Danny Chen shot himself last year in Afghanistan after weeks of physical and emotional abuse.

The court martial for Sgt. Adam Holcomb of Youngstown, Ohio, starts Tuesday at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

Holcomb is one of eight soldiers charged. He faces nearly 18 years in prison if convicted of all charges.

Chen's parents left for North Carolina on Sunday.

A supporter, Vassar College student Julia Chung, says that when she learned about Chen, she was "really, really angry."

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