The family of a Muslim Marines recruit, who reportedly committed suicide at a military boot camp last year, is suing the U.S. government over Islamophobic abuse.
The death of Raheel Siddiqui, a 20-year-old recruit who fell from the third floor at camp, was ruled a suicide. He was allegedly the subject of Islamophobic insults by his superiors at the camp.
In a lawsuit, his family asked for a $100m in compensation, accusing the government of “negligence on multiple levels of command” that led to the death of Raheel, the son of Pakistani immigrants.
According to an investigation, Raheel was called a “terrorist” because of his religion.
He fell three stories on a stairwell on March 2016, leading to his death. The military quickly ruled the incident a suicide, but the family of the recruit questions the government’s conclusion.
“The medical evidence of the injuries sustained by Raheel Siddiqui are inconsistent with death resulting solely from a fall,” the legal complaint reads.
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell has questioned the Marines’ version of the events.
“While we will never know what happened, I am convinced he did not intend to kill himself that day, which is the definition of suicide,” she wrote in a letter addressing the Marines’ medical examiner.