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Man, 31, charged with murder of 16-year-old schoolgirl in Treorchy, South Wales

Man, 31, is charged with murder of 16-year-old schoolgirl ‘who was stabbed to death at family takeaway in South Wales’

  • Chun Xu, 31, charged with murder of 16-year-old Wenjing Lin in Treorchy, Wales
  • He has also been charged with the attempted murder of a 38-year-old man  
  • Police were called to flat above the Blue Sky takeaway in Ynyswen on Saturday

A man has been charged with the murder of a 16-year-old girl who was allegedly stabbed to death at her family’s takeaway in South Wales.

Wenjing Lin, also known as Wenjing Xu, died after police were called to a stabbing in Treorchy, South Wales last Friday.

Officers were seen outside the Blue Sky takeaway in Ynyswen, which the teenager lived above with her family.

South Wales Police today announced Chun Xu, 31 has been charged with the murder of Wenjing, as well as the attempted murder of a 38-year-old man.

Officers have previously stated Chun Xu knew his alleged victims – but it is understood that he is not related to Wenjing.

A police spokeswoman said: ‘A 38-year-old man previously arrested in connection with the incident remains in hospital in a stable condition and is no longer being treated as a suspect in relation to this incident.’ 

A 31-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Xenjing Lin, 16, who died after an alleged attack in the village of Ynyswen, South Wales last week

Police were called to Baglan Street in the village of Ynyswen at around midday on Friday March 5, to reports of an attack at the Blue Sky takeaway. 

Earlier today Treorchy Comprehensive School said the death of Wenjing, who was due to take get her GCSEs later this year, has had a ‘devastating impact’ on teachers and pupils, in particular her friends and fellow Year 11 classmates.

It said in a statement: ‘The school will remember Wenjing Lin as a positive role model. She was extremely hard-working and was in the middle of studying for her GCSEs and had ambitions to go on to study psychology and maths and further maths at A-level.

Police were called to the Blue Sky takeaway, which Wenjing lived above, on Friday afternoon. Today South Wales Police announced they had charged Chun Xu, 31 with the murder of Wenjing, as well as the attempted murder of a 38-year-old man

Police were called to the Blue Sky takeaway, which Wenjing lived above, on Friday afternoon. Today South Wales Police announced they had charged Chun Xu, 31 with the murder of Wenjing, as well as the attempted murder of a 38-year-old man

‘Wenjing took an active part in school life, travelling to Patagonia and being part of the school’s Combined Cadet Force, where she made many friends, who will remember her dry sense of humour and a person who inspired many others.

‘She was also however a very responsible pupil who managed to combine her academic ambitions with a real commitment to support her family business.

‘Wenjing was an honest and passionate pupil, who believed that it was important to always stand up for what you believe in.

‘She was at the heart of her circle of friends, who shared a belief in being kind, passionate, and ambitious, but, most importantly, being true to yourself.

‘The school is working with outside agencies to support all those impacted by this tragedy.

In a statement released last week, the teenager's family said: 'Wenjing had a very gentle soul, she was a very quiet person. Wenjing helped the whole family, working in the family takeaway'

In a statement released last week, the teenager’s family said: ‘Wenjing had a very gentle soul, she was a very quiet person. Wenjing helped the whole family, working in the family takeaway’

‘Students in Year 11 and across other year groups have already had access to immediate support, and this will continue with the support of trained counsellors during the weeks ahead.’ 

In a statement released last week, the teenager’s family said: ‘Wenjing had a very gentle soul, she was a very quiet person. Wenjing helped the whole family, working in the family takeaway.

‘She enjoyed school and worked very hard. She was loved by her family.’

Chun Xu will appear before Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court on Thursday, March 11. 

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