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Chinese Scholar’s Murder Case Becomes an Award-Winning Documentary

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A documentary centered on the search for a visiting Chinese scholar who was abducted, raped and murdered in 2017 has been winning big at film festivals this year.

“Finding Yingying,” which won the Breakthrough Voice award at the SXSW Film Festival in March, was most recently featured at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) and the San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF), where it also won accolades.

‘Heroes’ Who Helped Catch Chinese Scholar’s Killer Get $20,000 Reward From Her Parents

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The parents of a University of Illinois visiting scholar from China who was abducted and killed in 2017 are set to give at least $20,000 to the “heroes” who helped authorities capture and convict killer Brendt Allen Christensen.

The amount will reportedly come from the $161,000 raised from over 3,500 people by the GoFundMe campaign set up when the student named Yingying Zhang disappeared on June 2017, reports the Associated Press

Man Who Raped and Murdered Chinese Scholar Escapes Death Penalty, Smiles Over Life Sentence

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The former University of Illinois graduate student, Brendt Christensen, who was found guilty of kidnapping, raping, and murdering Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang, has evaded the death penalty and has been sentenced to life in prison. 

A jury of 12 people deliberated for more than eight hours over two days, but ultimately failed to reach a unanimous decision verdict, according to wttw.

Murderer of Chinese Scholar Offers to Reveal The Location of Her Body to Avoid Death Penalty

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Brendt Christensen, who was convicted of raping, torturing, and killing Yingying Zhang, a visiting Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has offered to reveal the location of his victim’s remains in exchange for a life sentence.

The 29-year-old could face the death penalty for his murder of Zhang, whose body remains missing since her disappearance in June 2017.

Man Who Kidnapped Chinese Scholar Raped and Beheaded Her, Idolized Ted Bundy

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A former Ph.D. student accused of kidnapping, torturing, and murdering Yingying Zhang, a visiting Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign two years ago is responsible for the victim’s death, a defense lawyer told jurors this week.

Brendt Christensen, 29, is on trial for the disappearance of Zhang, who went missing on June 9, 2017 and had been presumed dead based on evidence recovered during the investigation.

Abducted Chinese Scholar Was Not the Initial Target, Court Documents Reveal

The case of Yingying Zhang — the visiting scholar from Nanping, China, who went missing from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign last year — remains unsolved; an incident reported earlier that day, however, tells the story of another woman who may have dodged Zhang’s fate.

The unnamed woman, a University of Illinois graduate student, was walking to a bus stop in the morning of June 9 when a man driving a black sedan approached her. The man, who wore aviator sunglasses and flashed a badge, claimed that he was a police officer who was doing “some undercover work in the area.”

Man Arrested for Kidnapping Chinese Scholar Researched Sex Fetish Sites Beforehand

Federal authorities have arrested a 28-year-old man who researched abduction and sexual fetish websites in connection with the disappearance of Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang, who is now believed to be dead.

Zhang, a visiting graduate student at the University of Illinois, has been missing from the Urbana-Champaign campus since June 9. She was last seen on CCTV boarding a black Saturn Astra.