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Army PFC dies in apparent suicide

An Army private first class died in an apparent suicide last Thursday, officials said Wednesday. 

The 21-year-old PFC, surnamed Lee, was transported to a nearby hospital right after he was found to have hanged himself at an Army regiment-level unit last Monday. He died on Thursday. 

Investigators are not ruling out the possibility of him opting to take his own life due to mental or physical abuses by his seniors, officials said. 

The apparent suicide deepened public concerns over allegedly prevalent abuses in the military. A series of marine soldiers have apparently killed themselves in recent weeks. Some have claimed that their deaths came after abuses or bullying at their bases.

By Song Sang-ho
(sshluck@heraldcorp.com)
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