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Marine Corps: Parris Island recruit killed himself amid ‘culture of abuse and hazing’

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PARRIS ISLAND (WTOC) -

New information surrounding a Parris Island recruit's death back in March.

According to the Marine Corps, 20-year-old Raheel Siddiqui killed himself amid a culture of abuse and hazing.

An investigation is still underway and it could lead to punishments for as many as 20 officers and leaders.

The Michigan native died after falling nearly 40 feet in a stairwell at the training site.

Siddiqui arrived at Parris Island from Michigan just two weeks before his death and this report shows leading up to that point, there was evidence of recurring physical and verbal abuse of recruits, maltreatment of new drill instructors and even an oversight by staff for improperly assigning a drill instructor for duty who was already under investigation.

The Marine Corps says it has zero tolerance for this kind of behavior and has taken the steps necessary to prevent it from happening again.

"Mandatory suspension of personnel who are being investigated for recruit abuse, hazing, or maltreatment. Modification of the assignment process for drill instructors and officers. Establish and enforce a zero-tolerance policy for hat-hazing and increased officer presence and supervision of training,” said US Marine Corps Capt. Joshua Pena.

An attorney for the recruit's family says they are now exploring their legal options after the report's release.

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