Safari Guide Kills Tourist for Picking Wrong Seat: Cops

Victim apparently stabbed over dinner in front of kids
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2016 5:00 PM CDT
Safari Guide Kills Tourist for Picking Wrong Seat: Cops
Tourists take pictures of a lion in Masai Mara National Park in Kenya in 2009.   (AP Photo/Riccardo Gangale, File)

(Newser) – A Chinese safari guide is accused of stabbing two Chinese tourists—one fatally—on Monday at Keekorok Lodge, overlooking Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve, when the couple refused to move from his usual table in the dining room, reports the Daily Nation. "He told them that he could not use any other table and they had to leave and when they refused, he started attacking them," an officer on the scene says. Li Changquing, 47, allegedly stabbed the woman twice in her chest and ribs with a pocketknife before turning on her husband, while their two children, aged 9 and 12, watched, reports Reuters.

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The woman—whom the Shanghaiist identifies as Luo Jinli, 45—died at a hospital, while her husband, Dong Ya, 47, is being treated for stab wounds to his stomach. A Kenyan police commander says Li, who was taken into custody, "looks like somebody who has a lot of anger" and told him he attacked the pair because "they insulted me," reports the New York Times. "We are shocked," the commander says. "This is a place where you go to relax with the family and leave the stress behind. We've never heard of anyone even slapping someone out here." Thousands of tourists were in the area to watch the "Great Migration" of wildebeests and zebras in the reserve. More than 100 tourists were in the dining room when the stabbing occurred. (A safari guide was killed last year in Zimbabwe.)

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