A 25-year-old Chinese immigrant in Brooklyn, allegedly living there illegally, has confessed to brutally killing his cousin’s wife and four children with a meat cleaver over the weekend because he ‘wasn’t happy with his life,’ according to police sources.
Mingdong Chen, a Chinese immigrant who came to the US in 2004, “made statements implicating himself,” a source told NY Daily News. “He said other people are doing better than him. He was pretty much upset that his lot in life wasn’t that great.”
The suspect attacked and killed his cousin Qia Zhen Li, 37, and her four children Linda, 9; Amy, 7; Keven, 5; and William, 1, on Saturday night with a butcher knife. He has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder and second-degree murder, according to cops.
Chen speaks no English and had to talk to cops through a Mandarin translator, according to the Associated Press.
On Saturday night, Chen apparently had been acting in a “suspicious” way that concerned Li, Banks said. She tried to call her husband, who wasn’t home, but couldn’t reach him.
Banks said Li then called her mother-in-law in China, who also was unsuccessful in reaching her son. The mother-in-law reached out to her daughter in the same Brooklyn neighborhood, Banks said.
She and her husband came to the house and banged on the door. When it opened, they faced a grisly sight: a man they didn’t know, covered with blood. The couple called 911, and officers investigating another matter nearby responded quickly, Banks said.
“It’s a scene you’ll never forget,” he said. The victims had wounds in their necks and torsos.
The bodies of the mother and one of her sons were found in the kitchen, while the other three children were found dead in a back bedroom.
Chen was reportedly “bouncing around” without a job and was not stable, according to sources.
“He lived with them. He’s crazy,” said Gao Yun, 29, a woman who identified herself as Qiao Zhen Li’s cousin. “He came here illegally from China. He was living with them. He’s not stable.”