“She was surrounded by a demon”: shattered parents beat 20-year-old roommate who killed their daughter “in cold blood” after coming to Australia for a better life
- Shuo Dong, 20, pleaded guilty to murder on Friday at the Supreme Court of NSW
- Mrs. Yu was last seen in her south-western Sydney home on June 8, 2018
- The two had argued about Mrs. Yu who had shortened his lease, state court documents
- Her parents said their families had ‘collapsed’ in grief after the tragedy
- Detectives said that searches for “punishment for murder” were found on Dong’s phone
The parents of a young Chinese woman who was brutally murdered by her roommate in Australia, said their family “collapsed” after the tragedy.
Qi “Kathy” Yu, 28, was murdered by her roommate Shuo Dong, 20, in what the police suspected there was a dispute over money in their share house in Campsie, Sydney on June 8, 2018.
Mrs. Yu was described as an intelligent, sweet and innocent girl who was the “eyeball of her parents” at a young age, in a three-page letter written by her parents and seen by news.com.au.
Her father, Zhihe Yu, wrote in the letter that his daughter said her experience with Australia was that all was well, including the air, the food, the environment, and other people.
Mrs. Yu (photo) moved to Sydney in 2009 and was tragically murdered by her roommate in 2018
Mrs. Yu’s parents (photo) made an emotional plea for information in June 2018
“However, there were unexpected storms in the sky. Qi Yu was surrounded by a demon person, “the letter says.
“Our daughter was murdered in cold blood. Almost 10 years of hard work ended in vain and a bright future was ruined. ”
Mrs. Yu had arrived in Australia in 2009 and completed a bachelor in electrical engineering and a master in telecommunications at the University of New South Wales.
Dong, 20, pleaded guilty in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday for murdering 28-year-old Mrs. Yu.
After she was missing, the police reduced the search area for the nearby bushland by following telephone signals and scouring the area for weeks.
Nearly 200 people in a WeChat group organized by her classmates, colleagues and friends also participated in the weekend search.
On June 26, 2018, her parents made an emotional plea for information.
Ms. Yu’s body was found packed and on the side of the M1 highway near Mount Kuring-Gai in north-west Sydney, 47 days after she had disappeared.
Shuo Dong, 20, pleaded guilty of killing Qi Yu, 28, on June 8, 2018 in a money dispute
Dong spent the evening of June 8 bickering with Mrs. Yu over the shortening of his lease and bond money that he owed her, according to documents previously submitted to the local court.
Mrs. Yu’s parents, who spoke to her from China via WeChat, could hear the argument in the background when the power to the unit was cut off.
In the letter, Yu’s father said that she and her mother would talk for hours every day about work, shopping and their lives.
They later contacted a neighbor who lived in the area to check on their daughter.
Blood-like spots were found by the house and the car, which was parked a few kilometers away.
Dong was accused of her murder less than a week after she disappeared.
Detectives said that searches for “punishment for murder” were found on Dong’s phone.
Mrs. Yu’s parents say in the letter that they want their daughter’s killer to be punished as the highest level and imprisoned for his life.
Yu has resigned from his job in China and has moved to Campsie with his wife, of which he says he is grievous to grieve and cannot cope with the daily routine.
The police recover the body of Mrs. Yu that was found in bushland in northwest Sydney
The Campsie unit where Mrs. Yu lived with her murderer and another female roommate
Important dates in the disappearance of Qi Yu
June 8 – Going missing. Last seen by friends in her Campsie part house.
June 9 – Her Toyota Corolla found in a Burwood street.
June 12 – Qing He arrives in Australia and makes an emotional visit to her daughter’s house.
June 13 – Shuo Dong, Mrs. Yu’s 19-year-old roommate, is accused of her murder.
June 14 – Cadaver dogs start looking for bushland in northern Sydney after telephone data suggests that Mrs. Yu’s car was being driven to the area the night she disappeared.
June 26 – Mrs. Yu’s parents publicly plead for information, investigators explain the chances of finding her alive “non-existent.”
June 29 – The Berowra community holds a candlelight vigil.
July 25 – A ‘wrapped’ body is found along the M1 motorway near Mount Kuring-gai.
SOURCE: Australia Associated Press