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Double killer suspect found drowned

A MAN sought by police over the murder of an elderly woman and her young grandchild was found drowned in a creek yesterday morning.

The suspect, surnamed Ni, aged 52, was found in Liuxiao Creek of Chongming Island, police said.

He is believed to have killed himself while being pursued by police.

Ni, who made a living recycling waste in Xianghua Town, courted the 60-year-old victim's daughter 14 years ago - when she was 20 - but was rejected, said the murdered woman's son, surnamed Wu.

Wu's three-year-old daughter was also killed in the attack.

"We don't even know him well," said Wu. "None of us noticed that he hadn't let go of this for more than 10 years."

Neighbors said last year Ni went to visit the elderly woman, who was not named, when her granddaughter was ill in hospital.

But his attempts to be close to the family were rejected and he nursed a grievance, they said.

"He claimed he was going to kill the Wu family," said a villager who worked with Ni as tricycle driver.

Stabbed repeatedly

What seemed to be bluster came tragically true.

At 8:20am on Saturday the elderly woman was returning home with her granddaughter, Wu Xinyi, on a bicycle after shopping at a wet market.

At Xiangyu Road, Ni was waiting, rushed at them on an electric tricycle and stabbed the woman repeatedly with a knife and a pointed pipe, witnesses said.

"He had waited for a long time," said a witness surnamed Chen.

"The little girl was so scared. At first she ran away but came back when she saw her grandmother fall."

Ni then killed the child, witnesses said.

He escaped and leapt into a river before police arrived.

Ni had married and had a daughter but his wife left him two years ago because of his poverty, said his elder brother.

He lived in a shabby house without a lock on the door, said neighbors.

"He was always trying to be one of our family," Wu said.

While Ni was infatuated by Wu's elder sister, it was always an one-sided love, Wu said.

"My sister married years ago and had a child," Wu said.


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