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Student alerted University of Utah she was in danger from her ex-boyfriend weeks before her murder

  • On Tuesday, the University of Utah released documents regarding the death of 19-year-old student Zhifan Dong after The Salt Lake City Tribune sought the release of the records about the case.
  • The timeline showed that the university staff knew that Dong already felt she was in danger weeks before her death but failed to act.
  • The documents revealed that on Jan. 14, Dong told the university’s housing staff about Wang’s suicidal tendencies and informed them that he was arrested after a fight with her two days prior.
  • According to the documents, the staff failed to notify the university’s police department about the violence reports that Dong filed against Wang.
  • On Feb. 11, Dong was found dead by the Salt Lake City police next to her 26-year-old former boyfriend, Haoyu Wang, in a motel room outside the campus.
  • Wang, who admitted to investigators about killing Dong, had been charged with murder and will face a competency hearing on Aug. 8.
  • According to the lawyer representing Dong’s family, they are planning to sue the university for failing to protect Dong.

Documents released regarding the death of University of Utah student Zhifan Dong revealed that housing staff neglected to act despite multiple domestic violence reports filed by the victim.

On Feb. 11, Salt Lake City police responded to reports from the University of Utah police department that a man was threatening to kill his girlfriend.