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2 home killings blamed on mentally ill relatives

TWO city residents, one in the Pudong New Area and the other in Zhabei District, were killed on Monday evening by family members alleged to have mental disorders, police said.

Both suspects were caught and their motivations were still under investigation, police said yesterday. Both were set to undergo psychiatric tests by the authority.

The case in Pudong happened about 5pm in a residential area on Pudian Road, authorities said. A man surnamed Li, in his 20s, stabbed his aunt with an edged tool after a dispute, neighbors said. The victim, 35, was rushed to the hospital but died en route.

Li, from neighboring Jiangsu Province, did not leave the scene and was taken into custody by police.

The victim, who was from Beijing, had rented the apartment in Shanghai for about a year.

Li was taken to the city by his grandfather to spend the Spring Festival with her, neighbors said.

"We saw the boy smoking in the stairway around 4pm after we came back from the wet market," said a couple living downstairs. "He looked gloomy and now I think he might have had a quarrel with his aunt."

Some neighbors said Li's mental condition was not stable.

In the other case, a husband killed his wife in their rental apartment in Lane 55 Dongxinmin Road in Zhabei District, police said. The couple's daughter came to the apartment on Monday night to visit her mother, neighbors said. The victim's body was found in the apartment while the father went missing. The suspect surnamed Yang was caught by police hours later.

Neighbors said the couple, with the husband in his 70s and the wife in her 50s, often did business selling crabs and delivering liquefied gas cylinders.

Yang also had a mental disorder, according to the neighbors.


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