The family of “Little Light Bulb” is holding a memorial at a funeral home in Taipei, allowing the public to pay their respects to the 4-year-old girl who was horrifically decapitated in broad daylight on Monday morning.
The Lungyen Group funeral service stated that the girl’s mother had decided to move the gifts left by mourners near the crime scene in Neihu District to the funeral home so that area residents would no longer be inconvenienced, Focus Taiwan reports.
The room is decorated with photos of the girl, flowers, pink drapes, her favorite carrot-shaped pillow and a Winnie-the-Pooh balloon, her favorite cartoon character.
“Little Light Bulb believed in the beauty of the world all of her life. She came into the world with love and I hope she will leave with love,” the girl’s mother, Claire Wang, said in a statement.
“People can express their grief, their emotions and think about her in this room, but I really hope there will be no criticisms, no hate, no anger,” Wang said. “I really hope that at the very end, her heart was filled only with beautiful memories of the world.”
Wang told the media that she was moved by the public’s display of love and care and that she had received many heartwarming cards and letters. However, she also asked the public not to donate money or goods to her family, but rather to assist the many people in society in greater need of such help.
The crime occurred at around 11:00 a.m. on Monday in Taipei. A stranger approached a 4-year-old girl who had gotten her mini scooter stuck in a pothole in the street. He then suddenly attacked her with a cleaver, before the girl’s mother and grandfather could stop the man, he had severed her head.
The suspect, 33-year-old Wang Ching-yu, was found to have a history of mental illness, drug crimes and violence. He told police that he had beheaded “Little Light Bulb” because he believed that she was from Sichuan, where his father is from, and that by killing her, he would therefore help to carry his ancestral line forward.
The incident has pushed the death penalty back to the forefront of public debate in Taiwan, where capital punishment used to be common, but has been severely limited in recent years following a number of controversial cases. Similar random attacks have served to only heighten tensions and Wang Ching-yu was beaten by an angry mob as he was being moved outside the Taipei police station earlier this week.
Speaking to the press outside the funeral home, Claire Wang said she hoped her daughter’s death would prove meaningful in some way.
“After the incident, many friends advised me to close my blog and Facebook page, but I really hope that my daughter’s death can leave something behind, stir up some discussion, remind people of the importance of love, and call attention to the many issues in society,” she said.
Claire Wang and her 44-year-old husband David Liu both have graduate degrees from the University of Southern California. Liu works in the high-tech sector while Wang is a stay-at-home mom.
The couple has three other children, a 9-year-old girl as well as a pair of 2-year-old twins. Wang nicknamed each of her children: Little Tadpole, Little Light Bulb, Little Whale and Little Seal.
By Lucy Liu
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