In the wake of Chinese student Jiang Yue’s tragic murder in Arizona, fellow exchange students have begun discussing the possibility of acquiring guns in order to protect themselves.
A crowd of some 200 people, many of them classmates and fellow members of the Chinese community, attended Jiang’s memorial on Monday afternoon, held at the site of the shooting.
Jiang was shot to death on Saturday by an American woman after a fender-bender at an Arizona intersection. The 32-year-old perpetrator Holly Davis crashed into the back of Jiang’s car and then proceeded to fire multiple shots through the driver’s window before fleeing. Davis has a history of addiction and mental illness.
As well as paying their respects, China Daily reports that the Chinese population of Arizona State University are seriously contemplating self-defense in the form of their own firearms, in response to the homicide.
“The incident has prompted many students to consider buying guns,” admitted one student. “A student in my class has six guns. I am thinking about buying one, too.”
Consequently, the university’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association has been publishing fliers and offering safety tips on how to use firearms.
“It is an unusual incident, so don’t buy a gun out of panic,” reads an online statement from the association. “The aim of owning a gun is to protect yourself, but it may also pose dangers before you know how to use it.”
Meanwhile, students have also vowed to do what they can to help and support Jiang’s family, who are currently en route to the US.
The story of Jiang’s demise at the hands of criminal Holly Davis has received significant attention on Sina Weibo, garnering upwards of 12 million views and 8,500 comments since being posted on Monday, with some netizens being reminded of past fatal gun incidents involving Chinese students in the US.
Originally from Chongqing province, Jiang was a sophomore finance major whose new semester abroad had just started. Her killer’s bond has been set at $1.5 million.
Watch a local news report on the memorial here: