Two Chinese students at USC shot dead in LA; netizens hurl insults at overseas Chinese

April 12, 2012Jing Gao13 Comments, , , , , , , , , ,

From China Digital Times citing Reuters

Two international students from China were shot dead on Wednesday in a “gang-infested” area near the University of Southern California, Los Angeles police said.

Police described the students as a man and woman, both Chinese USC students in their 20s, and said they found the woman shot dead inside a BMW parked at a curb in a Los Angeles neighborhood not far from the private university. The man was found outside the car.

“Apparently he tried to get out of the car,” police spokesman Richard French said. He described the area as “gang-infested.”

The Los Angeles Times reported carjacking as a possible motive, but police said the motive was under investigation.


A newer model gray BMW is towed from the site of a fatal double shooting near the USC campus on the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue near West 27th Street. School officials confirmed both victims were graduate students at the school. (KABC Photo)

An AP has more details from the scene of the crime:

Ying Wu and Ming Qu were sitting in the luxury car at about 1 a.m. when the gunman fired, shattering the windows. Qu was wounded but managed to run to a nearby home, where he pounded on the door pleading for help, police said.

[...]Police said the shooting may have been a robbery or a carjacking attempt of the dark-colored, $60,000 BMW. Witnesses said the car was in the roadway, not at the curb, at the time of the shooting.

[...]Qu managed to get out of the car and run to a nearby home, where he pounded on the door, police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. It wasn’t known if anyone answered the door before the man collapsed.

[...]Beatriz Moreno, who lives across the street with her family from where the shooting occurred, said the neighborhood has been cleaned up. She said the last shooting she could remember on her street was in 2003.”We used to see this every day,” she said. “There are mostly families here. This is not normal.”

While this news came as a bombshell in the Chinese community in the U.S., netizens in China have been drawn to the mention of a BMW, and have jumped to the conclusion that the two are the second generation of officials and/or rich people. Quite a number of netizens, overcome with their hatred for the privileged upper class as vermin that is contributing to the widening wealth gap, cheered over the deaths of the two students by saying, “They deserve it.”


The memorial ceremony held at USC campus for Ying Wu, one of the two victims.


Ying Wu, one of the two victims

Selected comments from NetEase

网易上海市嘉定区网友 [eworm88] 的原贴:1
Sofa…Highlight of this news: BMW…Life is precious. Too young. What a pity…

网易乌干达网友 [舞矛特派员] 的原贴:2
In the U.S., BMW is not as out of reach as it is in China.

But a Chinese in his 20s can go to the US and drive a BMW, his family status must be too high to be reached.

网易山东省济南市手机网友 ip:119.163.*.*2012-04-12 05:37:31 发表
Let’s pray that they two were the second generation of government officials!

708878682 [网易美国网友]:2012-04-12 06:42:05 发表

As one speaking on behalf of all friends at USC of the two victims, I, with grief and extreme indignation over the untruthful media report, would like to make the following clarification with regard to misinformation about the victims from the Internet and media:
1. The two victims had always been leading a frugal life in the two years since they came to USC. Each semester, they respectively shared apartments and bedrooms with other students in order to save money on rent. The girl, in order to pay as little for rent as possible, even chose to live on the west side of the campus, which is quite unsafe.
2. The two victims, in the two years since they came to the U.S., had not bought a car, until this semester, when they started job hunting, the boy bought a 2003 used BMW with 80,000 miles from a used car dealership for USD10,000. The reason why this car was mistaken for a new car is the victim had not received a license plat until today and had been using the temporary license plate from the dealership. The girl, on the other hand, has never bought a car.
3. The tragedy took place at 1 a.m. on April 11, 2012. At the time, the girl had finished her experiment at the lab on campus. The boy drove her home. And then they were killed.
As the representative of all friends of the two victims, I am appealing to all Chinese here with all my sincerity, please boycott rumors, and tell the truth to people who do not know the facts and have been blindfolded by the rumors.
Let them rest in peace. Please let no more untruthful rumor hurt the victims and their families and friends.

网易上海市网友 [coolbele] 的原贴:2
I suspect that you are just one hired to defend the victims in anonymity so that your true name won’t be exposed and your parents won’t be tracked down. I, a faculty member, once stayed in LA for half a year. First off, those who can fund their education in USA on their own are never from an ordinary family. Can any working-class family provide 400,000 to 500,000 yuan per year to a child studying in USC? USC is a private school. Its tuition fee for an undergrad is: $33,836 per year. Living expenses: $16,974 per year. Book expenses: $750 per year. Secondly, cars are truly cheaper in America than in China. But a student who can afford to buy and use a car must be a child of a very rich family. Otherwise, who can afford to use a car at an annual expense of $4,000 per year?

网易广东省东莞市手机网友 ip:121.14.*.* [手机上163.com看贴回贴]2012-04-12 14:26:19 发表
Doesn’t China also have universities? Why did they go abroad to study? They deserve to die.

Americans, on seeing others live in villas, would say, I must work hard and make money so that I can live in a villa too. Chinese, on seeing others live in villas, would say, that person is too damn arrogant. Let me set him on fire and burn him alive. Different mentalities.

网易河北省邢台市网友 [rencyuan] 的原贴:17
But didn’t you see that in China, those people living in villas got their money from exploiting the people? It is perfectly normal that the people want to burn the villas with such people.

带涛抢剑 [网易浙江省金华市网友]:2012-04-12 04:25:52 发表
In their 20s, during the best years of their life…

网易美国网友 [豁达天空的飞翔] 的原贴:1

Some people are critical of things they’ve never had or experienced. They are graduate students in their 20s. Do you think you can do that? You think it is that easy to get into a U.S. grad school? You think U.S. universities are the same as Chinese ones??? Do you even know about this university in the U.S.?
People, who have never experienced it or even set their feet on an alien land, are making judgments here. This is so ridiculous…
This is the first time that I see Chinese cheer over the death of Chinese people. How can this country possibly grow strong????

Don’t let it get to you, bro. Let’s take good care of ourselves when we are abroad. It is not easy for our parents to send us abroad. If we can stay in the US, let’s stay here. Just let them go ahead with their insults. This is all they are capable of.

网易美国网友 [豁达天空的飞翔] 的原贴:3
I totally agree with you. Don’t bother with uncivilized people. They have absolutely no sympathy for people’s death. I don’t know what has gone wrong with this society.

The hell with it. Such sentiments have been lingering in the mainland for not a short while. The hell with it. Let’s live our lives well. That’s it.

网易美国网友 [豁达天空的飞翔] 的原贴:5
Yeah. I don’t bother to reply either. They are never people of the same class with us…

Wow, so you are high-class.

All you guys are capable of is talking here! My whip is just not long enough to reach you and beat you to death.

网易湖北省武汉市网友 [颜野池上] 的原贴:8
The first five commenters in this thread are just a bunch of scumbags and stupid cunts. My fellow countrymen in China, don’t waste time with them. What can we say, considering the fathers of these SOBs are corrupt officials!!

网易江苏省南京市网友 [sunjian622] 的原贴:12
Hehe, most people who go to foreign grad schools pay much money to get in after they fail the exams in China. All those kids I know are such people. They were mediocre in college, so they spent 200,000 to a million RMB on going abroad. And you will still have to come back after finishing your education, because no one there will hire you for a job. They all look down upon you. Never think that you are any superior being abroad, unless you have Li Gang as your father. The editor at NetEase, if you delete my comments, you entire family will die!!!

Aren’t overseas Chinese students human beings? What the hell are you capable of besides hating rich people?

网易湖北省武汉市网友 [颜野池上] 的原贴:15
Scumbags are scumbags. They think that they are carefree as long as their fathers keep embezzling funds. I just can’t help wondering how these scumbags can remain on their high horse after their fathers die!!! These two deaths, nice!!!

They were Chinese students studying abroad! No matter how they left the country, they left to seek education! They were not criminals! They were human beings who deserve to live just as we do! Can’t you show a little respect for the victims? Are you inhuman?!

网易西藏拉萨市网友 [skxy] 的原贴:18
Pray that they were the offspring of corrupt officials. 祈祷他们是贪官二代。

Kids, who are studying abroad, have you forgot that you are still Chinese? How can you communicate with your own countrymen with such a sense of superiority?! Such a verbal fight can only worsen your loneliness as you live in an alien land.

网易内蒙古包头市网友 [扫平假西天] 的原贴:26
The two stupid cunts in the US, you were on your way to your 30s. And you were still so childish?? Who made you go to the US for no reason?? Who made you buy a luxury car for no reason?? Who made you die for no reason?? The entire web page is now occupied by you the son of bitch. Damn. F**k off!

网易上海市网友 [我不吃糖] 的原贴:27
Scumbags. A bunch of scumbags that enjoy insulting and making fun of the death of their own countrymen.

网易内蒙古包头市网友 [扫平假西天] 的原贴:29
Hey, That f**king Wang Jingwei (traitor during WWII) was also my countryman. Don’t you dare f**k with me like a stupid cunt!!!

Did these two people do what Wang Jingwei did? You know nothing at all, and you tried you best to ridicule others and gloat.

Maybe his family did.

网易上海市闵行区网友 [vin1999] 的原贴:32
Dogs who are studying in the U.S., listen: did you go study abroad for your own future, or for the growth of this country? Will you come back to do good to this society, to change this society, and to develop this society? Drop your stupid pretense, will you? Do you really consider yourself as contemporary heroes? You think you can carry out a reform?

aj1231 [网易河北省保定市网友]:2012-04-12 13:15:19 发表
S/he didn’t want to die in China, that was why they went to the U.S. to get killed.

Poplife [网易美国手机网友]:2012-04-12 13:13:18 发表
The extreme polarization of social classes has started from our generation. Let us just hate one another’s guts until death.

网易美国网友 ip:24.148.*.*2012-04-12 13:13:13 发表
People have died, and some people only cared about the BMW. My gosh, this is my motherland.


Flowers are sent to the place Ying Wu, the girl lived in.

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13 comments to “Two Chinese students at USC shot dead in LA; netizens hurl insults at overseas Chinese”

  1. Yangzhou Fried Rice | April 12, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    “Doesn’t China also have universities? Why did they go abroad to study? They deserve to die.”

    Not spending your parents money at a domestic university means you deserve to die? That comment is a little harsh..

    • Ivan | April 12, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      I find these comments worse than youtube commenters… Which is saying a lot. That BMW looks like an old model, which can be bought second hand in the US for BYD money.

    • Mario | April 19, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      …that comment is a little harsh… How about its f***king harsh straight up! Two people’s young lives were snuffed out! I think the parents of these two victims are not thinking those f***ked up comments are a “bit harsh”!

    • Zin | April 22, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      There are three reason I try to justify your comment:
      1. You were born before 1970, before the Computer Age.
      2. This article was bias by taking from commercial website that mislead your thinking
      3. You are ignorance to the world, which is becoming flattening that without knowing a second language, you are basically considered as mute to the world.

      To sum it up, your future in this economy is not going so bright unless you start reaching out for diversity

      Plus, no one deserves to die. People who have brain know that

  2. Ivan | April 12, 2012 | Permalink Reply


  3. XI'an | April 12, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    whatever you rich or pool ,two lives was gone,domestic chinese people just concentrate on THE BMW .Why oversea students can not buy a good car,as long as it’s in legal and ethics. do what you want! chinese loss their ethics .i really do not want to see that my country to be degenerate whit high GDP! i truly love my country!How can we to save you!

  4. jim1980 | April 12, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    AP got the story wrong initially. It reported that the car was $60,000 new BMW. Most Chinese news site ran the story based that report.

  5. private | April 13, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    R.I.P Ying Wu and the man victim. Guys, its not worth to argue anythings now… all we can do is to come out with an idea that how can not let it happen again in the future.

  6. Steven | April 15, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    R.I.P and to all those retards that are full of hate for no reason, and i mean no reason at all, judging someone w/o knowing shit about their lives is just stupid, we only know the facts and those being two people were killed, thats bad enough and deserves some respect, period.

  7. Kanga | April 21, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Wow… this is a really fascinating glimpse into Chinese internet culture. It looks a lot like how English-speakers talk on 4chan or Reddit, but only in reverse video. I guess derision on the internet is the sport of disaffected youth in many places around the globe.

  8. Sammy | June 3, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Too bad you are at the wrong place at the wrong time; be street smart is important in the United States and you gotta lookout for your surroundings. They are honor students to study in America but you just need to be extra careful dealing with gangs. They don’t give a shit for anybody. I mean you will die if you are not smart.

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