Woman Studying to Be Doctor Was Murdered at the Library

Deane Kenny Stryker, 22, was stabbed to death Saturday in Winchester, Mass.
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2018 10:45 AM CST
This photo provided by the Winchester Police Department shows Jeffrey Yao.   (Winchester Police Department via AP)

(Newser) – The public library in Winchester, Mass., is closed until at least Tuesday, per a Facebook post, for a reason both unexpected and horrifying: On Saturday morning, a woman was fatally stabbed with a hunting knife there in what authorities are calling an unprovoked attack. Boston.com quotes Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan as saying Deane Kenny Stryker, 22, was in a reading room adjacent to the lobby "apparently studying or doing work" when she was attacked from behind. Jeffrey Yao allegedly slashed her head and upper torso some 20 times with a 10-inch blade, and also attacked a 77-year-old man who tried to help Stryker; that man's injuries were not life-threatening. Patrons restrained the 23-year-old Yao until police arrived. More on the crime:

  • The court appearance: Yao was arraigned Monday in Woburn District Court on one count of armed assault with intent to murder and one count of murder, reports NECN. A not guilty plea was entered, and he was held without bail. His next court date is April 11.

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