An argument over dinner table seating arrangements ended up in a bloodbath after a Chinese tour guide lost his cool and began stabbing two tourists in Kenya on Monday evening.
The tour guide, identified as Lee Changqin, was reportedly accompanying a group of Chinese tourists on a tour of Kenya’s famed Maasai Mara Game Reserve when a heated exchange erupted inside the luxury Keekorok Lodge, reported Reuters (via Shanghaiist).
Lee was reportedly furious that the husband and wife were sitting at his regular spot in the lodge.
“He told them that he could not use any other table and they had to leave and when they refused, he started attacking them using a knife that he was carrying,” a policeman told Geeska Afrika Online.
Keekorok Lodge manager John Kiruti narrated how the attack began:
“The tour guide who had brought three clients from his country for two nights differed with the couple … over the sitting arrangement at dinner time,” he said.
“After a brief exchange of words, he drew a knife and stabbed the two, fatally injuring the woman and injuring her husband.”
The couple’s two children, aged nine and 12 years old, were reportedly in proximity as the incident took place and saw the attack.
Kiruti said the woman, 45-year-old Luo Jinli, sustained serious chest injuries and died as she was being moved to a treatment facility. Her husband, 47-year-old Dong Ya, on the other hand, acquired serious stomach injuries.
“The hotel staff rushed to restrain the guide. The kids are still in shock. We [are] making plans to take them to Nairobi,” he further stated.
Lee was later arrested by local authorities and will be detained for further investigation.