CHICAGO - The parents of a US marines recruit who died during training have filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming their son was physically abused and targeted because of his muslim faith.

The military has said Raheel Siddiqui committed suicide last year by jumping over a third-story railing, after enduring days of hazing. A drill instructor and battalion commander face military trials in the case.

In a $100 million lawsuit filed Friday in Siddiqui’s home state of Michigan, his Pakistani immigrant parents rejected the suicide claim, saying the 20-year-old’s muslim faith would have made him incapable of killing himself.

“Raheel Siddiqui was excited about serving,” the lawsuit said, and “told friends and family he will ‘come back as a Marine and will not quit no matter how hard it is’.”

“No witness has come forward with any credible and/or verifiable information corroborating the allegation of suicide.”

The lawsuit charges that the military should have prevented the abuse , because the trainer supervising Siddiqui had been accused of targeting another muslim recruit in an earlier incident.

The family claimed the young man was repeatedly struck and had a significant throat injury which was not given proper medical treatment.

Since Siddiqui’s death , approximately 20 marines at the Parris Island training facility in South Carolina have been accused of abusing recruits, according to US media.

A marines Corps spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.