Saturday, August 9, 2008

Relative of US Olympic coach killed in Beijing

Yahoo! News Article
BEIJING - A Chinese man stabbed the in-laws of the U.S. Olympic men's volleyball coach, killing one and injuring the other while they visited a Beijing tourist site near the main venue where Olympic competitions began Saturday.

The victims were Todd and Barbara Bachman of Lakeville, Minn., parents of former Olympian Elisabeth Bachman, who is married to men's volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon, according to the U.S. Olympic Committee. Bachman's father was killed.

The assailant also stabbed and injured a Chinese tour guide with the Americans. He then committed suicide by leaping from a 130-foot-high balcony of the ancient landmark the Americans were visiting, the 13th-century Drum Tower, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Wow! Violent crime against foreigners is very rare in China. There's lots of petty theft--bicycles and cell phones are stolen all the time--but physical attacks are almost unheard of. The assailant also attacked the female Chinese tour guide.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

the news out of here mentioned that the assailant lost alot of money on the stock market. maybe he is blaming America's subprime market for dragging down the rest of the world.

China can protect itself from outside terrorism with the strict clampdown. but how do they thwart this type of homegrown domestic terrorism. there are alot of pissed off people in the masses.