A 23-year-old Chinese student studying at Syracuse University was found dead behind a suburban apartment complex near campus last Friday in an apparent homicide.
The body of Yuan Xiaopeng, a junior from Beijing studying mathematics was discovered by police responding to reports from residents of gun shots in the area, The Daily Orange reports. So far, authorities have released little information about the case. They have no suspects and believe that it was an “isolated incident.”
Police did say that they found Yuan’s rather distinctive-looking car in the parking lot of the complex. Here’s a picture of Yuan sitting atop his car posted on his Weibo.
The Chinese consulate in New York issued a statement on Tuesday saying that local authorities had assured them that they “attach great importance” to the case, and urging the university to do all that it can to accommodate Yuan’s parents, who are traveling to the US.
Currently, there are over 300,000 Chinese students studying at American universities. Back in January of this year, a 19-year-old Chinese exchange student was shot and killed by an Arizona woman following a minor fender bender. The shocking incident caused many of the student’s compatriots studying in America to consider buying guns of their own.
Last month, a Chinese-American shop owner in Georgia became a hero to Chinese expats around the world after using her handgun to shoot dead one of the burglars who broke into her home in the middle of the night.
[Images via Weibo / The Daily Orange]