Attacks against children are symptoms of an unhealthy society

A mother killed her child and then committed suicide at a flat in Taikoo Shing on January 8, 2013. Photo: SCMP

In Hong Kong, family violence and suicides are so common that their occurrence is often taken for granted. Occasionally, sensational cases, such as murder-suicides involving parents and children, manage to draw public attention to an array of social ills contributing to the tragedies. But the underlying issues are soon buried as new headlines emerge. The growing insensitivity among the public does not help to improve the situation.

Monday, 3 June, 2013, 2:32am

Police investigate death of mother and son

Police have launched a probe into the death of a woman and her 10-year-old son found dead at home in Tai Koo Shing in an apparent murder-and-suicide on Tuesday morning.

Officers were called to the third-floor flat of Banyan Mansion in Taikoo Wan Road about 9.30am.

8 Jan 2013 - 12:47pm

Family of Jovan Belcher's girlfriend Kasandra Perkins thanks supporters

Yamiesse Lawrence, Jovan Belcher's cousin.

The family of the girlfriend of Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher was trying to make sense of the shooting tragedy that took the life of their daughter.

Belcher fatally shot Kasandra Perkins, 22, last Saturday and later committed suicide with a handgun at the Chiefs' practice facility.

5 Dec 2012 - 2:16am

Belcher's death stuns Chiefs, NFL

Kansas City linebacker Jovan Belcher is described as someone who was devoted to his mother. Photo: MCT

It began like any other Saturday for the Kansas City Chiefs during the NFL season, their general manager and coach at work early to put final touches on this weekend's game plan. Then they got a call to hurry to the parking lot.

The two men rushed through the glass doors of Chiefs headquarters and came face-to-face with linebacker Jovan Belcher, holding a handgun to his head.

3 Dec 2012 - 3:01am

NFL player shoots and kills girlfriend, before turning gun on himself

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher during a game at Arrowhead Stadium. Photo: EPA

A pro football player for the Kansas City Chiefs shot and killed his girlfriend Saturday before driving to the team’s stadium and committing suicide in front of his coach and general manager.

2 Dec 2012 - 11:15am

Man kills wife before jumping to death

A man stabbed his wife to death before jumping to his death from a 38-floor flat in Sau Mau Ping on Friday night.

Police superintendent Remus Chong Siu-hing said the case has been classified as a murder-suicide and was being investigated by the Sau Mau Ping district crime squad.

29 Sep 2012 - 1:44pm

The lethal language of tongue-tied immigrants

For those who feel powerless to transform themselves, the gun can be seductive. It provides power. It speaks in a language everybody understands, across colour lines. It opens doors for the invisible into the public space. Unfortunately, it is the language of annihilation and not creation. It speaks up once or twice, but often the user succumbs to his curse: that of silence.

7 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Editor's Choice - Decadent

Good crazy

8 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Q. So you think you know pop culture...

Q. so you think you know pop culture...

1. In Chinese astrology, what is next year's zodiac sign?

2. The Cleveland Show is a spinoff of which animated sitcom?

3. What does the SMS text abbreviation TMI stand for?

4. Who is English celebrity chef Nigella Lawson (right) married to?

6 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Style bites

Initial reaction

5 Sep 2007 - 12:00am


Conserve our heritage, don't destroy it

Paul Zimmerman, ('Pier pressure and the route to harmony', May 4), has correctly emphasised the importance of the setting and context of Queen's Pier in its relationship to the City Hall and Edinburgh Place, which the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) and others have identified as being of critical importance.

10 May 2007 - 12:00am

A brazen need for sensationalism

The most disturbing image of the year so far must be the Korean-born American student Cho Seung-hui in the videos and photographs he made of himself before killing 32 people at Virginia Tech last week. The media were in a difficult position. The pictures were an important part of the story, telling us something about this twisted individual.

27 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Virginia Tech massacre


A gunman killed 32 people and injured 29 before turning the gun on himself. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.


When did the shooting take place? On April 16. There were two separate attacks, about two hours apart. The first one occurred at about 7.15am.


24 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Sorry he made the world weep, say killer's family

The family of the gunman who shot dead 32 people at a US university on Monday has apologised for the 'excruciating grief' he inflicted, and said he had made 'the world weep'.

'Each of these people had so much love, talent and gifts to offer, and their lives were cut short by a horrible and senseless act,' said the family of South Korean-born Cho Seung-hui in a statement.

22 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Media no longer making a killing reporting on everyday violence

One of the banes of working in a news room is being surrounded by TV sets tuned to the news channels 24/7. So on Thursday, I had to watch Virginia Tech mass murderer Cho Seung-hui's face and hear his rants every hour on the hour, thanks to Cable TV news and NOW news channel.

21 Apr 2007 - 12:00am