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Family plans to retrieve body

THE family of a young Shanghai female student who was allegedly stabbed to death by a Shanghainese classmate in Sweden last week may receive visas as soon as today as they prepare to bring her body back for a funeral.

Visa applications for Chen Hao's mother Ji Huafang, father Chen Kouxi, uncle and two aunts were in progress yesterday and the family said they had heard from consular workers that they could expect to receive their travel papers quickly, maybe even today.

The family of Chen Hao, who was stabbed to death in Orebro, Sweden, on March 31, wants the suspect to be extradited to China and face trial here because there's no death penalty in Sweden, the family told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

"He wouldn't be sentenced to death in Sweden," said the victim's uncle, surnamed Ji, who spoke on behalf of the family. "But the death penalty is exactly what we want for what he did."

Chinese embassy workers in Sweden will send staff to pick up the family at the airport and assist them while there, the relatives said.

"My niece had an adorable personality and was loved by her classmates, teachers and friends. Many have visited us over the last few days, asking if they could attend the funeral.

We must bring her back," said Chen's aunt, who also plans to go to Sweden.

"I want to meet that man face to face, look straight into his eyes and ask why he was so brutal towards her," she said.

Pan Junfeng allegedly seized Chen Hao by the neck and stabbed her a dozen times with a knife after following her to a supermarket on March 31.The victim was grocery shopping at the time.

They both graduated from Shanghai Lixin University of Commerce's School of Mathematics and Information as classmates in 2009. They later became exchange students in the same program to study for a master's degree at Orebro University.

Classmates in Shanghai and Sweden said Pan had long courted Chen Hao, who had rejected his advances, and they believed this was the motive behind the killing.

Pan has been arrested by Swedish police and reportedly admitted to the killing and that they were not lovers.

Pan's parents described their son's actions as "unforgivable."

They said they didn't know "how to face their son."

They added that they were willing to financially compensate Chen Hao's family in any possible way, including selling their small apartment.


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