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U.S. Rep. Dingell calls for accountability in Muslim Marine recruit’s death

Sep 14, 2016

The United States Marine Corps says a 20-year-old Taylor man committed suicide by jumping 40 feet in a stairwell. 

The family of Raheel Siddiqui says that's absolutely not the case.

Siddiqui was a Pakistani-American Muslim who was 11 days into his basic training on Parris Island in South Carolina when he died.

Last week, the Marines announced that 20 members of the Parris Island staff could face criminal charges or be disciplined. 

Central to that is the revelation that Siddiqui's drill sergeant was already under investigation for improper behavior, and he should not have been put in charge of recruits. 

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell has been pushing for a full investigation into what happened to her constituent Raheel Siddiqui.

She joined us today. 

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