Xin Yang

 

Age: 22

 

Summary: graduate student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University who was found stabbed and decapitated with a large kitchen knife outside a cafe in the apartment building where she had lived since arrive at the campus from Beijing, China earlier this month to seek a master's degree in accounting whose accused attacker, international graduate student Haiyang Zhu (25), also from China, knew the victim, but no motive for the slaying has been determined and whose murder was the first killing on campus since a 2007 massacre when gunman Seung-Hui Cho shot dead 32 people, then took his own life in one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history.

 

 

Cause of Death: Homicide by decapitation

 

Born: circa 1986

 

Died: January 21, 2009

 

Location: Blacksburg, Virginia