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NY Chinese-Americans decry soldier's death

Chinese-Americans leave NY for NC trial; soldier committed suicide after alleged ethnic hazing By The Associated Press

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

About a dozen held a news conference Monday in Manhattan before leaving for a North Carolina court martial. The group included community members, elected officials, and others who are making a documentary on the case.

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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