Hazing being blamed for Marine recruit’s suicide

Hazing being blamed for Marine recruit’s suicide

It is completely heartbreaking when a recruit dies in training. In March, Raheel Siddiqui, a Muslim Marine recruit from Michigan, died at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island when he flung himself off a forty-foot high stairwell. The cause of death was blunt force trauma. It has been ruled a suicide.

Raheel Siddiqui, 20, of Taylor, died during U.S. Marines boot camp training in South Carolina in March 2016. (Photo: Family photo via DFP)
Raheel Siddiqui, 20, of Taylor, died during U.S. Marines boot camp training in South Carolina in March 2016.
(Photo: Family photo via DFP)

To date several officers and senior enlisted have been relieved of duty, and up to twenty more Marines may be punished in this incident. Investigations into hazing recruit abuse are ongoing, and many are saying that hazing led to this incident. Just prior to Siddiqui’s jump, he was being made to run up and down the squad bay. When he fell to the deck and appeared unresponsive, the drill instructor is said to have slapped him up to three times. At that point Siddiqui got up, ran through the squad bay and jumped to his death.

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