Army Still Investigating Alaska Soldier’s Suspicious Death

The army is still investigating the death of an Alaska based soldier who died under suspicious circumstances on deployment at an outpost in Afghanistan. Private Danny Chen was found shot to death in a guard tower there. Investigators are working to determine if it was a suicide or homicide. Danny Chen’s death has gotten a lot of attention from media in New York City, where Chen’s parents live.

New York Times reporter Kirk Semple wrote a story recently. He did dozens of interviews for the piece, including several with Danny Chen’s friends and family members. He says Chen’s parents are frustrated with the investigation.

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