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Daughter and parents killed

SHANGHAI police confirmed yesterday they had cracked a murder case in which two parents and their daughter were killed, allegedly by the daughter's boyfriend.

The bodies of the elderly couple - a 66-year-old surnamed Wu and a 61-year-old surnamed Lin - were found on April 3 in a six-story residential block in Yuejiyuan neighborhood on Guiping Road. The body of their 26-year-old daughter, Wu Fang, was found in the nearby Zizhuyuan neighborhood on Pubei Road.

An uncle of Wu Fang called the police after he could not contact his relatives, the Shanghai Oriental Post reported yesterday, citing an unnamed source.

"The uncle said he kept in regular contact with the couple during his work in Japan. He lost contact with them and then their daughter became unreachable. He became anxious and flew back to Shanghai," the source said.

A woman living in the parents' complex said the dead couple had moved into their rented apartment less than two weeks ago.

It was unclear how long they had been dead. Neighbors of the couple told Shanghai Daily that lights had been left on in their apartment for several days before police found the bodies. A security guard said he had knocked on their door but no one answered.

A neighbor said: "It was only when police officers came to investigate that I found out something bad happened to them."

A guard at the daughter's residence said the parents used to live with the daughter but they had moved out on March 28. He said the daughter's boyfriend had helped them move.

A sign posted on the community noticeboard of the parents' apartment complex said there was no sign of forced entry at the crime scene. This apparently led police to suspect the killer was known to the family. The boyfriend was caught 16 hours after officers found the bodies, according to the notice. It said the suspect had confessed, saying the murders were triggered by a "family problem" and a "sudden conflict."

The Shanghai Oriental Morning Post claimed Wu Fang may have been trying to break up with her boyfriend because he had a gambling problem.


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