Flowers, dolls laid to mourn young victim of knife attack

03/29/2016 11:53 AM

Taipei, March 29 (CNA) In the wake of the shocking decapitation of a 4-year-old girl in a random attack in Taipei on Monday, many people have laid flowers, dolls, candies and cards at the scene to mourn the victim.

The items presented by the mourners extended more than 10 meters as of 9 a.m. Tuesday.

"Although Taipei has been sunny for two days in a row, everyone is feeling sad inside," a mourner surnamed Liao said.

The killing occurred at Section 1 of Huanshan Road in Neihu District. As well as its heinous nature, the crime is particularly shocking, given the age of the victim and the circumstances in which it happened.

The girl, who was riding a strider bike, and her mother were on their way to Xihu metro station to meet the girl's grandfather and two of her siblings for lunch, when an attacker grabbed the child from behind and decapitated her with a cleaver.

The killer, identified as 33-year-old Wang Ching-yu (王景玉), was subdued by shop owners immediately and put under arrest by officers who were called to the scene.

He was detained and held incommunicado after being questioned overnight by prosecutors.

(By You Kai-hsiang, Wang Hung-kuo and Y.F. Low)ENDITEM/ls

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