Cruel bloggers criticise 'privileged' pair
The death of the two Chinese students has triggered heated debate online about 'privilege' because the victims were shot in a luxury car.
Many mainland media outlets emphasised the fact that Wu Ying and her friend Qu Ming, both 23, were shot in a BMW, a symbol of wealth for the mainland's average wage earners.
While many Chinese students abroad expressed sympathy, internet users on the mainland were cold towards their death and labelled the pair as the 'rich second generation'.
One report headlined 'Two Chinese Students Shot Dead in BMW in Los Angeles' on qq.com, a major portal website, had late yesterday received more than 5,000 comments, many of them critical.
'Studying in the US. BMW. A man and a woman. Children of ordinary families will not encounter such a 'good thing'!' one comment read. Another read: 'As the Chinese proverb goes, extreme job begets sorrow. Those rich and powerful people today have too much pride, and they deserve no sympathy even if they're dead.'
But some asked what was wrong with pursuing a better life by studying abroad. The debate has also prompted clarification from people who claimed to be friends of the victims.
One post under the account of Deng Kaifu, who identified himself as a friend of the victims, at social networking website renren.com, said the BMW was a US$10,000 second-hand car produced in 2003.
It was mistaken as a new car because Qu, the owner, was still waiting for the official licence plate after buying it earlier this year.
The post also said the woman, who led a frugal existence by renting an apartment in the cheap and relatively less safe western neighborhood of the campus, was on her way home after finishing some experiments in the laboratory when the incident happened.
As of the end of last year, more than 1.4 million Chinese people were studying abroad, according to statistics from the Ministry of Education.
A string of murders of overseas Chinese students have hit newspaper headlines in recent years.
In April last year, a female student at York University in Canada was murdered in her apartment.
In June 2010, another female student was killed and hidden in the boot of her car after being stabbed 22 times in Hamilton, Australia.
The number of comments posted yesterday on mainland internet sites after the deaths of the two Chinese students - many critical