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Two Chinese students being murdered in Newcastle identified by friends
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21:41, August 11, 2008

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The two students, a man and a woman, who were murdered in Newcastle have been identified by friends as Zhou Qian, a female student from central China's Hunan Province, and Yang Zhenxing from northeastern China's Dalian city.

The two were discovered Saturday in separate bedrooms at the ground floor flat in Croydon Road with serious head injuries.

Chen Ying, Zhou's cousin who is working in Newcastle, said that both Zhou and the man had graduated from Newcastle University, while the man was establishing his own business in the city.

The Chinese embassy is closely following the case, urging the local police to find the murderers as soon as possible.

"It's horrifying, I just can't believe such things are happening in a city with so many foreign students," a Chinese student who refused to be identified said, adding that the deaths had caused shock in the area which is popular with students and Asian families.

Xin Yang, a student studying at Newcastle University, said there are over 200 Chinese students living in the area and most of them expressed their uneasiness at the case and some were considering moving out of the area, where the security situation is "not satisfactory" as quite a number of students have been harassed by local teenagers.

Xin said he received some emails from China telling him that some of the students who are preparing to study in Newcastle have stopped their process, and are considering shifting to other cities or even countries for their overseas education.


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