Earlier this week, an international student from China, Haiyang Zhu, decapitated anther Chinese student, Xin Yang. Ms. Yang had only been at VA Tech for about 2 weeks. The murder weapon was a large kitchen knife. No motive has been established and no one is sure how the victim and the perp even knew each other. From all appearances the 2 were having a cup of coffee. Haiyang Zhu is being held without bond for first degree murder.
The managers at the apartment complex where Zhu lived reported his behavior has been bizarre in recent weeks. He had been confrontational with others, wouldn’t turn on his heat, left firewood in the middle of the room, and accused the apartment complex of stealing his shoes, despite the fact he had 2 roommates. The Blacksburg police informed them there was nothing they could do and to seek the help of the international offices at Tech.
How carefully are foreign students vetted? Obviously, Zhu had some extremely serious problems. There are about 2,100 international students in attendance at Tech. When controlling terrorism and fear of illegal aliens using our resources are issues which concern Americans, why do we have so many International students? Are they all on student visas? To me, severing someone’s head is terrorism. I would far rather pass the Dream Act and have our international students properly vetted than allow the equivalent of Jack the Ripper running around loose on any of our state campuses.
Lastly, what does it take to get someone to listen about bizarre behavior? Why can’t we do anything about it? Why was the apartment complex just blown off when they sought help? You would think those at Virginia Tech would still be on high alert for student killers.