Jus­tice de­manded for two slain boys

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By LIA ZHU in San Fran­cisco li­azhu@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

As more in­for­ma­tion is re­ported sur­round­ing a Chi­nese man held in Hong Kong for al­legedly killing his two neph­ews in Los An­ge­les, the lo­cal Chi­nese com­mu­nity ex­pressed out­rage and wants swift jus­tice.

Shi Deyun, 44, is ac­cused of killing two of his neph­ews in their home in Ar­ca­dia, Cal­i­for­nia, on Jan 22 be­fore board­ing a Cathay Pa­cific flight to Hong Kong the next day. He was ar­rested by Hong Kong po­lice at the air­port.

Shi made his first ap­pear­ance at a Hong Kong court on Tues­day, where he de­nied the al­le­ga­tions against him and said he wanted to “go back (to the US) as soon as pos­si­ble”, ac­cord­ing to the South China Morn­ing Post. He also re­quested to be set free on bail, which was de­nied.

“How shame­less he (Shi) is to re­quest bail af­ter slay­ing two boys!” said an In­ter­net user named “Morn­ing Sun­light” in a com­ment to an ar­ti­cle posted Tues­day at a US-based Chi­nese news web­site. The ar­ti­cle has been viewed more than 16,000 times.

“Such a crime will be pun­ished by death for sure in China. But in the US, the sus­pect may get away with a life sen­tence. Even if he ends up with a death sen­tence, it would take years’ time, and it means a waste of tax­pay­ers’ money,” said an­other In­ter­net user un­der the name “wd01702”.

Many mem­bers of the Chi­nese com­mu­nity agreed that Shi should be brought to jus­tice on the Chi­nese main­land.

“As the old say­ing has it: A mur­derer must pay with his life; a debtor must pay his debt. It’s rea­son­able enough,” said a Chi­nese mother liv­ing in the Bay Area, who asked to be iden­ti­fied only by her last name Wang. “Since he is a Chi­nese na­tional, he should stand trial in China, where the court sys­tem moves faster than in the US.”

Among those de­mand­ing a death sen­tence is the two slain brothers’ father. He told World Jour­nal, a Chi­nese-lan­guage news­pa­per, that it was a pre­med­i­tated mur­der and he hoped Shi could be sen­tenced to death, whether in China or in the US.

He said he saw Shi’s car, with­out a li­cense plate, parked near their home in the small hours of Jan 22 and that Shi had trans­ferred all his money to China be­fore he com­mit­ted the crime.

The vic­tims, An­thony Lin and Wil­liam Lin, were both stu­dents at Ar­ca­dia High School. Their fu­neral is sched­uled for Jan 30.

The brothers’ father is the brother of Shi’s wife, Lin Yu­jing. The cou­ple, with their two chil­dren, ages 15 and 8, ar­rived in the US in 2014 on a busi­ness visa and lived in La Cañada Flin­tridge, ac­cord­ing to the un­named father.

Lin filed a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der against Shi on Dec 31 last year. On Jan 21, Shi learned of Lin’s di­vorce plan at a court hear­ing in Pasadena. An an­gry Shi at­tacked his wife in their home on Jan 21 and killed the brothers in their Ar­ca­dia home the next day.

The vic­tim’s father also con­firmed with me­dia that Shi, a for­mer res­i­dent of Shen­zhen, China, moved to Cal­i­for­nia in 2014 to avoid ar­rest for bribery al­le­ga­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to Chi­nese me­dia re­ports, Shi had been un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Shen­zhen mu­nic­i­pal dis­ci­pline in­spec­tion com­mis­sion since May 2013, in the al­leged brib­ing of govern­ment of­fi­cials and school prin­ci­pals in ex­change for the award­ing of con­tracts.

Shi told the court in Hong Kong that the school-sup­plies com­pany jointly owned by him and his wife in the US was worth $20 mil­lion to $30 mil­lion, in an at­tempt to con­vince the judge that he could post a high amount of bail money and jus­tify his as­ser­tion that he didn’t flee the US but came to han­dle busi­ness mat­ters in Shen­zhen.


Stu­dents and teach­ers at Ar­ca­dia High School Cal­i­for­nia pay re­spects to Wil­liam and An­thony Lin at a can­dle­light vigil held Mon­day night at the school. The Lin brothers were killed on Jan 22 at their home, al­legedly by their un­cle, who is be­ing held in Hong Kong af­ter leav­ing the US on Fri­day.

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