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Va. Tech graduate student decapitated

January 23, 2009
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WASHINGTON - A 22-year-old graduate student who had arrived on campus at Virginia Tech just two weeks ago was decapitated with what university officials said appeared to be a kitchen knife at a cafe on campus Wednesday night.

Xin Yang, 22, a graduate student from Beijing, had arrived on campus Jan. 8 to begin studying accounting in the Pamplin College of Business, officials said.

Yang was killed at the Au Bon Pain at the Graduate Life Center about 7 p.m. Wednesday. Another graduate student, Haiyang Zhu, 25, from Ningbo, China, has been charged with first-degree murder.Officials said Zhu was a doctoral student studying agricultural and applied economics. Officials said that the two knew each other. Yang listed both her mother and Zhu as her emergency contacts.Witnessses said they were not arguing.

WASHINGTON POST

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