Relative of US Olympic Coach Killed in Beijing

After stabbing two, Chinese man throws himself off tower
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 9, 2008 6:08 AM CDT
A Chinese policeman, right, takes pictures of the crime site on the Drum Tower in Beijing, China, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008.    (Alexander F. Yuan)
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(Newser) – A knife-wielding Chinese man attacked two relatives of a coach for the US Olympic men's volleyball team at a tourist site in Beijing, killing one and injuring the other on the first day of the Olympics today, team officials and state media said. The man then committed suicide by throwing himself from the second story of the site, the 13th century Drum Tower 5 miles from the main site of the Games.

The brutal assault shortly after midday was particularly shocking because of the rarity of violent crime against foreigners in tightly controlled China, which has ramped up security measures even more for the Olympics. The Americans' Chinese guide was also injured in the attack by a 47-year-old man from the eastern city of Hangzhou.