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COURTESY OF THE SIDDIQUI FAMILY

On March 18, 2016, new Marine recruit Raheel Siddiqui of Taylor died after falling in his barracks on Parris Island, South Carolina. 

A coroner ruled the fall was suicide, but Siddiqui's family insists that he was a devout Muslim and would never have committed suicide. They've filed a $100 million lawsuit against the Marines in their son's death.

The investigation into Siddiqui's death and other incidents involving Muslim recruits has led to the biggest hazing scandal on Parris Island since six recruits drowned there during a nighttime march in April 1956.

A court-martial for Raheel Siddiqui's drill instructor Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix began Tuesday at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix is accused of slapping Siddiqui just before the fatal fall.

The Michigan Marine recruit's suicide came just two weeks after he entered boot camp
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Investigations into a Michigan Marine recruit’s suicide reveal he may have been hazed, abused, and possibly targeted for being a Muslim.

Raheel Siddiqui was a young recruit who died in March, just two weeks after arriving at boot camp in South Carolina.  

Three different military investigations found “allegations of recurrent physical and verbal abuse … [and] anomalies and inconsistencies in the policies and procedures responding to suicidal ideation or statements.

One drill sergeant reportedly had a history of abusing Muslim recruits.

Jack Bergman
Screen grab of "Your Choice - Lt. General Jack Bergman (Ret.) for Congress" / Jack Bergman


One of Michigan's marquee races is the one to replace retiring Republican Rep. Dan Benishek in the 1st Congressional District.

 

The district covers the entire Upper Peninsula and much of the northern Lower Peninsula.

State Sen. Tom Casperson and former State Sen. Jason Allen were hoping to make the November ballot.

So was a retired three-star Marine Lieutenant General named Jack Bergman.