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Autopsies confirm monks’ deaths were as speculated

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Autopsies conducted on the bodies of two visiting Chinese monks confirmed speculation that their deaths involved homicide-suicide.

Hsinchu City prosecutor Huang Yi-fan (黃逸帆) said one of the two victims in the case, Chinese monk Jing Ran (淨然), was severely disfigured by a heavy metal instrument, apparently an iron lampstand in his hotel room, while the other victim, fellow monk Chun Ru (純如), probably jumped to his death from a high building.

CONFIRMATION

Jing Ran, abbot of Linggu Temple on the outskirts of Nanjing in China, and Chun Ru were part of a six-member delegation that arrived in Taiwan on Jan. 12 for goodwill exchanges.

Jing Ran, who was found dead in his hotel room in Hsinchu City on Jan. 14, was believed to have been killed by Chun Ru, who later committed suicide. Police found a note in Chun Ru’s pocket that read, “Please call the police to arrest me; then I can die in peace.”

Relatives of the two deceased monks arrived in Taiwan on Sunday to get firsthand information about the case.

RELATIVES

Huang said Jing Ran’s brother and sister-in-law and Chun Ru’s younger brother were saddened by the postmortem results.

“But they all remained rational and did not challenge the reports,” he said.

A funeral for the deceased monks was held on Tuesday by the Hsuan Chuang Cultural and Educational Foundation that hosted the Linggu Temple delegation’s visit.

“Their bodies will then be cremated and the ashes taken back to the mainland by their family members, “ said Lin Poh-wen (林博文), chief executive of the foundation said.

All the members of the Chinese group departed for China on Wednesday.

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