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Ms Zhang was in a career-high bubble, and at the same time, coccooned in an academic environment. She achieved her dream, graduating at a prestigious Chinese university with a Master and then invited to go to USA for resseach.|
It's when she stepped out of the coccoon that she met the American reality. A white professional, university educated, American mathematician said to me once that America is a violent country. It most certainly is.
I think in part, the University must accept some responsibility for Ms Zhang. They should have warned those starry-eyed, 7-days-wonders from China just how dangerous and violent America is.
From Yahoo News:
An Illinois man was arrested and charged Friday with kidnapping a visiting scholar from China, who authorities now believe to be dead after she disappeared three weeks ago.
Brendt Christensen, 28, of Champaign, Illinois, has been charged in a federal criminal complaint with abducting Yingying Zhang, who vanished shortly after she stepped off a transit bus near the University of Illinois campus in July.
The complaint, which was filed in federal court on Friday, alleges that Christensen's cell phone was used in April to visit an online forum entitled "Abduction 101," including sub-threads called "Perfect abduction fantasy" and "planning a kidnapping."
Zhang, the 26-year-old daughter of a working-class factory driver from China, was reported missing by a University of Illinois associate professor on June 9 -- just weeks after she arrived on the Urbana-Champaign campus as an international scholar researching photosynthesis and crop productivity.
According to a 10-page affidavit filed by FBI Special Agent Anthony Manganaro, Christensen was caught on audio recording while under law enforcement surveillance on Thursday explaining how he kidnapped Zhang. Christensen allegedly stated that he brought Zhang back to his apartment and held her there against her will.
Based on that information and other facts uncovered during the investigation, authorities believe Zhang is no longer alive, the affidavit states.
Robert Jones, chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, issued a statement expressing "great sorrow" to learn that Zhang is believed to be dead.