MUN grad decapitated on Virginia Tech campus

January 23, 2009

A Chinese-born graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland pursuing graduate study at Virginia Tech was decapitated with a kitchen knife at a campus coffee shop last Wednesday evening. Police say the victim, 22-year-old Xin Yang, and her alleged attacker, 25-year-old Haiyang Zhu, knew each other, but a motive for the killing has not been determined. The suspect, charged with first-degree murder, was not known to campus police or school staff that deals with mentally-disturbed students. In a statement, Virginia Tech's president says "an act of violence like this one brings back memories" of the deadly shooting at the institution in April 2007. Virginia Tech News Release | Letter from Virginia Tech's president | Associated Press | Canadian Press | AOL News