Video: What Happened to Private Danny Chen?

We just posted an update on the effort to find out the circumstances behind the death of Army Private Danny Chen in Afghanistan two months ago.  Here’s a video that’s been produced to galvanize support in this community and beyond for a coordinated campaign to pressure the military for answers.

Rally For Private Danny Chen on Thursday

It’s an important week for loved ones and advocates fighting to find out the truth about the mysterious death of Army Private Danny Chen. The body of the 19-year old Lower East Side resident was found at a military base in Afghanistan October 3rd.  Chen had been shot in the head. Army officials have admitted he was the victim of bullying, but many other details remain shrouded in secrecy.

Elected Officials, Activists Demand Full Investigation of Army Private’s Death

Yesterday's news conference at the offices of Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association.

Local elected officials, civil rights activists and community leaders gathered in Chinatown yesterday to demand answers from the military about the death of Army private Danny Chen.

Chen’s body was found October 3rd at a military base in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan. He had suffered a gunshot wound below the chin.  Chen’s family was told by Army officials that he was the victim of racially-motivated bullying, but it’s unknown whether it played a role in his death.

Remembering Army Private and Chinatown Resident Danny Chen

Loved ones gathered in Chinatown yesterday to remember Danny Chen, a 19-year old Army private, killed in Afghanistan.  They came to a memorial service at the Wah Wing Sang funeral home on Mulberry Street, not far from where Chen grew up. A funeral is scheduled for Thursday, after his body is returned from overseas.

Chen was based in Wainwright, Alaska.  He was killed in the Kandahar Provence but military officials have not released any details about the circumstances leading to Chen’s death. “On behalf of all New Yorkers, I send my profound sympathies to the family, friends, and fellow soldiers of Private Chen,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. “We will remember the service and mourn the loss of this New York soldier.”