The family of the recruit who died last week while attending Marine Corps boot camp in Parris Island is speaking out with how he died.
20-year-old recruit, Raheel Siddiqui reportedly ran and jumped over a wall, falling three stories to his death, just 11 days into boot camp, according to the Beaufort Gazette.
The family sat down with a Detroit TV news station and said their son threatened to commit suicide on the first day of boot camp if he were not allowed to leave. Later, they say he met with a psychologist and changed his mind, recommitted to the training, as reported in the Gazette.
Just 10 days later, Siddiqui would take his own life. The family reported that Raheel passed out during a drill and eventually the DI got him to wake up. Suddenly he “ran out the back hatch of the squad bay and jumped over the ladderwell wall… falling 3 stories before landing on the ground” in their interview with the TV news.
Capt. Gregory Carroll, a Marine spokesman, stated that NCIS is currently investigating and it could take up to three weeks for reports to surface. “The parents are allowed, obviously they can comment and talk about, any documents they have received during this difficult time,” Carroll said. “Whatever helps with the process is completely understandable. But it’s still an investigation, and the final details are still being reviewed by NCIS.”
The family stands behind Siddiqui saying that he knew what he was getting into — that they were skeptical he would take his own life.
The Detroit TV station aired the report on the incident Monday, but it was taken down after the family requested its removal — however the TV station stands by their report as being accurate.
Included in that report was a casualty report provided to the family showing that Siddiqui had met with a clinical psychologist on Parris Island, where the recruit “told Senior Drill Instructor that ‘this recruit wants to quit and this recruit will commit suicide.’ ”
“Later that day he changed his mind,” the TV station reported, “telling a psychologist he threatened suicide because it ‘was the only way to quit,’ but now he was ‘110 percent motivated to train,’ ” and deemed low-risk by the psychiatrist.
Siddiqui graduated in the top-10 students in his high-school class and volunteered in the school’s counseling office. He was hopeful to get assigned to work with Marine Corps aircraft.
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