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Vigil Marks Second Anniversary Of Private Danny Chen's Death

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A vigil Thursday marked the second anniversary of the death of one of New York's own in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Private Danny Chen, a 19-year-old Chinatown native, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on October 3, 2011 in Kandahar Province.

Following the tragedy, eight soldiers faced court martials for conducting a campaign of racially charged hazing against the Asian-American infantryman.

Chen's death sparked a national outcry, as well as the adoption of legislation to prevent further hazing in the Armed Forces.

"It's sad that we remember that a young life was lost, but the gratifying part was that in these two years, the community really stuck together," said City Councilwoman Margaret Chin of Manhattan. "And the family coming out, especially Danny's parents, they were so brave and courageous in coming out to fight for justice for Danny that we were able to get the trials moved back to the United States, and also, eight of these soldiers were punished."

The vigil was held on a stretch of Elizabeth Street soon to be renamed "Danny Chen Way." ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP