Many of you will recall the news coverage of 2007 when an Asian foreign student killed over 70 fellow students at Virginia Tech.
Now, at the same college --Virginia Tech on Wednesday there was a major horrible event.
A female graduate student was beheaded in the University's Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown, in front of numerous other students.
She was Xin Yang, a 22-year-old graduate student from Beijing, China. She had just arrived at Virginia Tech Jan. 8 to begin her studies in accounting in the Pamplin College of Business. She was a resident of the Graduate Life Center.
Yang was killed at the Au Bon Pain restaurant on the first floor of the Graduate Life Center at approximately 7 p.m. Wednesday evening.
Haiyang Zhu, age 25, from Ningbo, China, was charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond at Montgomery County jail. He was a Ph.D. graduate student majoring in agricultural and applied economics. He began his studies at Virginia Tech at the start of the 2008 fall semester. Based on emergency contact records maintained by the university, it is known that Zhu and Yang knew each other.
They were in the Au Bon Pain restaurant when he attacked her. Witnesses indicated no signs of argument and that Zhu attacked her with a knife from the kitchen.
And in a vicious attack started cutting her neck. The screams and blood sent shocked students running and dialing 911.
The first officer on the scene said he found Zhu holding the severed head of Yang.
Zhu had not been under review or had come before the workings of the Virginia Tech Police Department, or the Town of Blacksburg Police Department, or the university’s Threat Assessment Team or CARE Team.
The victim’s mother, who is in China, was notified last night via telephone.
University leadership remains concerned about the welfare of the university student community, and particularly the community of Chinese Scholars. The university has counselors on the scene at the Graduate Life Center to assist students, staff, faculty, or others who seek assistance.
I would believe this type of event should warrant news coverage. After all many young high school students are making plans to enter college this coming fall.
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