Did you solder the components? (Too much heat?)
Both are fine but the resistor to ground/cap's not required...
I have never had a new, bad semi conductor in the 45 years.
2n2222's are not CMOS and therefore not static sensitive.
Ditto for 30 years. Invariably, it turns out to be operator error (accidentally connecting a wire to a wrong pin etc..).
The led current limiting resistor only needs to be 220 ohms.
How did you test the transistor ? (exactly)
It may take a strike of lightening to convince you but ALL electronic components are sensitive to Static discharge at some level.
I've got a few boxes of valves, and I am fairly certain it would take an actual lightning strike to fry one.
The broken transistor shows:BE Vf 1 (Can't get a reading)BC Vf 0.654