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Virginia Tech Student Decapitated.
« on: January 23, 2009, 06:56:02 PM »
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,481406,00.html

BLACKSBURG, Virginia  ?  Alone and in a new country, graduate student Xin Yang reached out to other Chinese students at Virginia Tech when she arrived two weeks ago, trying to establish her life on campus.

She went to social events with international students, got in touch with the campus center that works to help them adjust and appeared to be making friends as she settled into her accounting program, those who had met her said.

But one of the friendships may have led to her death: Police say she was decapitated with a kitchen knife while having coffee with a Chinese doctoral student in a campus cafe Wednesday night.

The killing stunned a campus that still has vivid memories of the mass slayings in April 2007, when a student gunman shot 32 people and then took his own life. The stabbing was the first slaying on campus since then.

"An act of violence like this brings back memories of April 16," university President Charles Steger said. "I have no doubt that many of us feel especially distraught."

It appeared Yang had met her accused attacker, 25-year-old Haiyang Zhu of Ningbo, China, only recently, said Kim Beisecker, the director of Cranwell International Center, which works with international students. Zhu, a doctoral student in agricultural and applied economics, had been assisting her in adjusting to life at Tech, something the 500 Chinese students often do for new members in their community, she said. They both attended functions for international students, she said.

"She was a very sweet young woman," she said. "He was known as a polite young man."

Though they apparently didn't know each other well, school records listed Zhu as one of her emergency contacts. Beisecker said that may have been because Yang knew few people on campus.

"As best we know, she had made a fair number of friends, but only in the last week," Beisecker said.

What led to the attack is also a mystery: About seven other people who were in the coffee shop told police that the two hadn't been arguing before the attack. Beisecker said there hadn't been previous signs of trouble between them.

Police received two 911 calls shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday, and were on the scene in a little more than a minute to take Zhu into custody, Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum said.

Zhu was charged with first-degree murder and was being held without bond at the Montgomery County Jail. His attorney, Stephanie Cox, did not return a call seeking comment Thursday.


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Re: Virginia Tech Student Decapitated.
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2009, 08:02:01 PM »
Apparently they did not learn anything at Virginia Tech about screening people related to mental problems. The massacre that happened with 33 people killed was done by another person with mental problems, who had been reported for his behaviour. This person was new into the country and there should be some kind of a screening to prevent this kind of thing. This person was really crazy. This young woman had just arrived in the US on January the 8th, what a sad situation for her family. More has to be done to make it safer for people in the colleges. There are millions of students around the world, things happen that we don't even hear about. This is totally gruesome. ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ???

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Re: Virginia Tech Student Decapitated.
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2009, 01:03:12 PM »
That is wierd. Sort of simular to the recent chinese person who beheaded a guy near Winnipeg.

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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2009, 05:04:16 PM »
Yes, Chris, not that we should be talking about race or colour, but in all of these instances they were Chinese. These people had mental problems and there were signs of the first massacre in Virginia and also the bus incident in Canada. The person who did the recent killing on the female student, I don't know if there was any evidence given of his prior problems. Horrific, everyone of these crimes.