Victim Of Virginia Tech Slaying Was Decapitated

Virginia Tech Police say a female graduate student from China who was killed on campus was decapitated with a kitchen knife.

Police on Thursday identified the victim of the Wednesday night slaying as 22-year-old Xin Yang, who had arrived on the Blacksburg campus from Beijing on Jan. 8 to study accounting.

Police Chief Wendell Flinchum says the victim and her accused attacker, 25-year-old Haiyang Zhu, knew each other but no motive has been established. He is in custody.

It was the first killing on the school's campus since a gunman killed 32 people before turning the gun on himself in April 2007.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 23, 2009 at 04:19 PM
    Dave, you are right to a point. Knives (kitchen) were not targeted, but all guns were. Now England has more knife crimes than we have gun crimes. Try reading dailymail.com from Londom, you will see just how bad England is, bad, bad. They are a mess, England loses 500,000 people per year to some other country.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Jan 23, 2009 at 01:52 PM
    Everything, unfortunately, is political and used to make political points. Some have joked about banning kitchen knives. You may not realize that England has already done just that. A decade or so ago they decided to completely disarm the SUBJECTS living in England with the promise that the good ol' government will keep you safe. Well....crime and murder went up. The criminals decided they really liked a populace that was unable to defend themselves. People were still killing people. But they were doing it more and more often with a knife. Guess what? Not only did the murders increase but they became more gruesome. More wounds, decapitation, dismemberments, more pain and suffering for victims who did not die. More physical scars to live with. So....the wonderful government of England decided to try and protect their subjects by instituting a knive ban. Guess what? Now people are making knives at home...gun crime is on the rise..and people are being beat to death with clubs.
  • by Annette Location: Greenville on Jan 23, 2009 at 08:23 AM
    It's a horriable thing that has happened, but thankfully it one only 1 this time. May God bless and be with both families.
  • by Delta Location: Greenville on Jan 22, 2009 at 08:30 PM
    Seems like VT is getting bad batch of asians. Unforgetnately foreigners have the same rights if not more than citizens do. Only in america.
  • by outraged on Jan 22, 2009 at 08:23 PM
    Do you people really have to get into a political discussion on this topic? Someone was brutally murdered. Come on people...that is what is wrong with the world today.
  • by william Location: rocky mount on Jan 22, 2009 at 07:56 PM
    I hate to bring this up but, what is it with the asian students at this campus? Does the mountain air affect them in some way?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2009 at 07:27 PM
    Tomorrow's Headline: Obama's administration signs executive order banning the sale and possession of kitchen knives over four inchs long or sharper than is required to cut a tomato. Additionally, a new federal legislation is being introduced making the use of a kitchen knife in a crime a felony.
  • by Outraged on Jan 22, 2009 at 06:54 PM
    Horrible things like this make me shake my head.
  • by college mom Location: nc on Jan 22, 2009 at 06:45 PM
    This poor campus must stay in a paranoid state because of all the violence it has endured. I feel for all of the parents of these students and of course the students and faculty. God Bless them all and keep them safe.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 22, 2009 at 04:29 PM
    Trucker, are you a "roads scolar"?
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