Intruder Busted in Webcam Murder

Toronto attack witnessed by boyfriend in Beijing
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2011 2:22 AM CDT
Qian Liu of Beijing, an exchange student in Toronto, was attacked as her boyfriend watched helplessly vie webcam. The York University student was found dead in her apartment last week.   (AP Photo/Toronto Police via The Canadian Press)

(Newser) – A Toronto man has been arrested for the murder of a student who was attacked as her boyfriend in Beijing watched helplessly via webcam. Qian Liu, 23, was found dead in her apartment after the boyfriend alerted her friends. Detectives are still seeking a missing webcam, laptop, and computer, the Toronto Star reports.

The boyfriend, who provided police with a detailed description of the attacker, says he was chatting with his girlfriend online when she heard a knock at the door. A man entered her apartment, asked for an embrace, and turned aggressive when she refused. “At that moment my mind went blank and I was cursing him from my webcam. I was so far away I couldn’t reach her. I felt so helpless and I couldn’t calm down until in the end the guy closed the computer,” he said. (Read more Qian Liu stories.)

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