Murdered Shanghainese student, Chen Hao // Photo from Xinmin
24-year-old Chen Hao, a Shanghainese girl studying abroad in Sweden, was stabbed to death by a fellow international student from Shanghai. According to news reports, “unrequited love” may be the motive for the murder.
Chen Hao was getting her masters degree at Sweden’s Orebro University, and was planning to graduate in June. She was attacked by her classmate, Xiao Jun (alias), while walking to the supermarket last Friday.
From Shanghai Daily:
Chen Hao, who was born in 1986, was studying in Sweden for a masters degree after graduating from Shanghai Lixin University of Commerce’s School of Mathematics and Information in 2009.
Friends describe her as sweet-natured, confident, capable, self-disciplined and open-minded.
She joined the Chinese Communist Party at the age of 19 and won academic prizes every term in Shanghai. Upon graduation from Lixin University, Chen received Shanghai’s Excellent Graduate award, a great honor for young students.
Before her death, Chen had spent an hour online, chatting with her mother – a routine, together with sending a message every day, she’d kept to since moving to Sweden.
But shortly afterwards, Chen was dead in hospital, having been stabbed more than 10 times by Xiao Jun.
Xiao Jun, also a graduate from Shanghai Lixin University of Commerce before going to Orebro University, was said to have told Chen of his feelings for her five years ago. But Chen was not interested in a relationship with him.
Earlier this year, Xiao Jun told his former tutor in the Shanghai university that he still adored Chen and showed signs of depression.
Xiao Jun’s friends say he was a good person who no one would have suspected would become a killer.
A Xinmin article had more details. Chen had gone with her roommate to the supermarket on Thursday. Xiao Jun, in his confession, said he had meant to confront her at her dormitory, but found out she’d just left. He then caught up to them, grabbed Chen and stabbed her multiple times. Her roommate tried to tear him off her, and Chen was still alive on the way to the hospital – despite their efforts, Chen died two hours after the incident. Xiao Jun automatically turned himself in (Swedish reports say that witnesses held him until police came).
Orebro University held a memorial for Chen Hao on Saturday, and prepared 24-hour chaperons and therapists for all witnesses of the murder, or anyone in the school that’s feeling unsettled.
While the two cases are completely unrelated, this is not the first time a male Chinese student studying abroad has killed a female Chinese student – allegedly because his advances were slighted. In January 2009, a Ningbo native decapitated a fellow female student at Virginia Tech.