On Thursday, October 3, 2013, the brothers of the Baruch Colony of Pi Delta Psi Fraternity joined the parents of the late Private Danny Chen of the US Army, the New York chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA-NY), New York City Comptroller John Liu, and City Councilmember Margaret Chin in front of for a candlelight vigil commemorating Danny Chen’s death.
The Chinese American killed himself from a self-inflicted gunshot wound while in Afghanistan after being hazed and racially taunted by his fellow soldiers.
His case has become a rallying point for many in the Asian American community. Eight soldiers faced court martial in the case and received various punishments including dismissal from the Army and ten months in prison.
In interviews with reporters, brothers said that they were surprised to realize that many of them had attended the same schools as Danny while growing up in New York City, and pledged to fight for legislation and programs such as cultural sensitivity and awareness education in the armed forces and police so that an incident like Danny Chen does not happen again.
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