Cops Charge Cousin in Brooklyn Stabbings

Husband's cousin had been living with slain mom, 4 kids

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 27, 2013 1:11 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Chinese immigrant has been arrested on five counts of murder in the deaths of his cousin's wife and her four children in a late-night stabbing rampage in their Brooklyn home. The New York Police Department said today that 25-year-old Ming Don Chen has implicated himself in the deaths. Two girls, 9-year-old Linda Zhuo and 7-year-old Amy Zhuo, were pronounced dead at the scene, along with the youngest child, 1-year-old William Zhuo. Their brother, 5-year-old Kevin Zhuo, and 37-year-old mother, Qiao Zhen Li, were taken to hospitals, where they also were pronounced dead.

Chief of Department Phil Banks says the victims "were cut and butchered with a kitchen knife." Banks says Chen is a cousin of the children's father and had been staying at the home for the past week or so.

Police officers wait outside a residence Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn where five people, including a toddler, were stabbed to death earlier in New York. Emergency responders found three of the victims dead at the residence just before 11 p.m. Saturday. Two others...
Police officers wait outside a residence Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn where five people, including a toddler, were stabbed to death earlier in New York. Emergency...   (John Minchillo)
Medical Examiner Transport personnel remove a loaded body bag from a residence in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 where five people, including a toddler, were stabbed to death earlier in New York. Emergency responders found three of the victims dead at the residence just before...
Medical Examiner Transport personnel remove a loaded body bag from a residence in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 where five people, including a toddler, were stabbed to...   (John Minchillo)
Medical Examiner Transport personnel place a loaded body bag into their vehicle Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 after exiting the residence of a crime scene in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn where five people, including a toddler, were stabbed to death earlier in New York. Emergency responders found three of...
Medical Examiner Transport personnel place a loaded body bag into their vehicle Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 after exiting the residence of a crime scene in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn where five...   (John Minchillo)
Medical Examiner Transport personnel place a loaded body bag into their vehicle Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 after exiting the residence of a crime scene in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn where five people, including a toddler, were stabbed to death earlier in New York. Emergency responders found three of...
Medical Examiner Transport personnel place a loaded body bag into their vehicle Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 after exiting the residence of a crime scene in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn where five...   (John Minchillo)
Medical Examiner Transport personnel place remove a loaded body bag from a residence in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 where five people, including a toddler, were stabbed to death earlier in New York. Emergency responders found three of the victims dead at the residence just...
Medical Examiner Transport personnel place remove a loaded body bag from a residence in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 where five people, including a toddler, were stabbed...   (John Minchillo)
Medical Examiner personnel place a body bag in their vehicle after leaving a crime scene in Brooklyn Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 where five people, including a toddler, were stabbed to death.
Medical Examiner personnel place a body bag in their vehicle after leaving a crime scene in Brooklyn Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 where five people, including a toddler, were stabbed to death.   (John Minchillo)
Medical Examiner Transport personnel prepare to place a loaded body bag into their vehicle after exiting the residence of a crime scene in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 where five people, including a toddler, were stabbed to death earlier in New York. Emergency responders found...
Medical Examiner Transport personnel prepare to place a loaded body bag into their vehicle after exiting the residence of a crime scene in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013...   (John Minchillo)
Medical Examiner Transport personnel remove a loaded body bag from a residence in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 where five people, including a toddler, were stabbed to death in New York. Emergency responders found three of the victims dead at the residence just before 11...
Medical Examiner Transport personnel remove a loaded body bag from a residence in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 where five people, including a toddler, were stabbed to...   (John Minchillo)
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