Thu, Jan 12, 2012 - Page 2 News List

Funeral rites held for murdered students

Staff Writer, with CNA

A funeral for two Taiwanese students murdered in Japan last week was held in Tokyo yesterday.

In addition to family members, teachers and classmates, Taiwan’s Representative to Japan John Feng (馮寄台) also attended the ceremony.

The bodies of Lin Chih-ying (林芷瀅) and Julia Chu (朱立婕) were later cremated.

Their families were expected to return to Taiwan with their ashes later yesterday.

Back home in Taiwan, Lin’s aunt described her niece as a peaceful, beautiful angel after viewing her body via video-teleconference before her cremation.

The aunt said the family was prepared to welcome her return to her home in Greater Taichung and asked the media to respect their privacy.

Lin and Chu, who studied at a Japanese language school in Tokyo, were found covered in blood in a dormitory on Jan. 5.

One was found dead at the scene of the crime, while the other was pronounced dead on arrival at a nearby hospital.

The main suspect in the case, Chang Chih-yang (張志揚), who was also a student at the language school, died after slashing his throat with a knife on Monday while in police custody after he was located by police at a theater in Nagoya, about 300km west of Tokyo.

Japanese police said Chang admitted during a ride to a local police station that he killed his schoolmates with a knife and felt apologetic.

Chang’s parents, who arrived in Nagoya on Tuesday, went to the police station to identify their son’s body yesterday.

The father burst into tears when asked by reporters about the condition of Chang’s body, but said his son looked peaceful.

He would not disclose other details because the case is still under investigation by Japanese police.

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