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.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has set up a fund in honor of Chinese visiting scholar Yingying Zhang, who was abducted and murdered in 2017.
“Yingying’s Fund” will provide financial support to international students enrolled at the university as well as their parents when they need it the most.
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.
More than two years after Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang mysteriously disappeared with convicted killer Brendt Christensen, her family could finally get an answer to the location of her remains.
On Saturday, Steve Beckett, the family’s attorney, revealed that Christensen’s lawyers had disclosed the information under an immunity agreement.
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.
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.
A jury in Illinois has found Brendt Christensen guilty of kidnapping, raping and murdering University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign scholar Yingying Zhang.
The court was told that Christensen, 29, beat the 26-year-old Chinese student to death using a baseball bat and decapitated her in June 2017, the BBC reported.
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.
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.”
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.
A visiting Chinese student, 26-year-old Zhang Yingying, has been missing from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus since Friday afternoon, local police reported.
The Fujian-native has degrees from Peking University and Sun Yat-sen University, and arrived in the U.S. about a month ago, according to Shanghaiist.