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CAIR-MI Calls for New Probe of Muslim Marine Recruit’s Suspicious Death

(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 4/5/18) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on the Department of Defense to reinvestigate and provide full transparency relating to the suspicious death of a Michigan Muslim Marine recruit in boot camp.  

In March 2016, Raheel Siddiqui allegedly died due to suicide at the U.S. Marine boot camp in Paris Island, S.C.  After his death, information surfaced that Siddiqui’s boot camp instructor was involved in anti-Muslim hazing including calling Siddiqui and other Muslim recruits “terrorists.” 

The Siddiqui’s family counsel has recently uncovered that the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, to which the Marine Corp claims Siddiqui was sent, has no record of him being there. Marine Corp officials are not commenting as to why the hospital’s lack of records contradicts their official position.

Raheel Siddiqui’s death: Family has no record of him at hospital (Detroit Free Press)

“We call on the Department of Defense to launch a new and transparent investigation as to why military officials claimed that Siddiqui was sent to the hospital, despite the fact there is no record of him being admitted,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “This follows a disturbing pattern of misinformation in the case by military officials.”  

Walid also stated that he had concerns of a potential cover-up pertaining to Siddiqui’s death, after twice meeting with the family and viewing their son’s autopsy photos.

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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