Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I saw my girlfriend die via webcam: Beijing man watches in helpless horror as student Qian Liu is killed in her Toronto dorm room

A university student was killed in front of her own webcam while her helpless boyfriend looked on.

Officers found the semi-naked body of 23-year-old Qian Liu in her Toronto apartment at York University Village after receiving a tip-off from her boyfriend,who was chatting with her online 11,000 miles away in China at the time of the attack.

Now police have issued an urgent appeal for computer experts to help recover images of the murder.

The witness said he was talking to the English Language Institute student , originally from Beijing, at about 1am Friday morning when there was a knock at the door.

‘She opened the door to a male. She could have known the male but he was unknown to the online witness,' Toronto Police Det–Sgt Frank Skubic said.

The witness, speaking from Beijing, then told police he watched through the webcam lens as the muscular man with medium-length brown hair asked the victim to use her mobile phone.

He then watched as a violent struggle developed between Qian Liu and the man, although some of the fight also took place out of the camera's range.

The suspect - described as white, in his 20s, 6ft tall and about 200lbs - then turned off the IBM ThinkPad T400 laptop, which is now missing.

Her room-mate told reporters outside their house he thought the attacker had been pursuing her romantically.

The victim’s stunned boyfriend quickly used social media to contact others who knew the woman in Toronto and China but police didn’t arrive at her apartment until around 10 hours later. Read More