Yingying Zhang Bio: She was a visiting scholar in the United States from China, who has not been seen since she entered a car at a bus stop on the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign campus on 9 June 2017.
Yingying Zhang Bio
Yingying Zhang was born on 21 December 1990, in Nanping, China. She was born to Ronggao Zhang and Lifeng Ye.
She has one younger brother, Zhengyang Zhang. She played in a band and had ambitions of becoming a professor in China.
In 2013, She graduated from Sun Yat-sen University at the top of her class. In 2016, she graduated from Peking University.
She was a visiting scholar in the Chinese Academy of Sciences before traveling to the United States.
She arrived in the United States in April 2017 to conduct research on photosynthesis and crop productivity for one year in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, within the College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES), at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
She was considering entering a doctoral program at the University of Illinois. Zhang planned to marry her boyfriend, Xiaolin Hou, in October 2017.
Yingying Zhang Abduction
On 9 June 2017, She was traveling on a Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District bus in Urbana, Illinois, to an off-campus rental complicated where she was once planning to signal a new condo lease.
Zhang was once running late and despatched a textual content message to the leasing agent at 1:39 p.m. to inform them that she would arrive at about 2:10 p.m.
After driving on one bus, she exited at 1:52 p.m. and tried to transfer to another. However, curiously harassed about the place of the bus stop, she was once unable to make the transfer; she tried to flag down the bus, but it surpassed by using besides stopping.
Zhang then walked to some other bus quit a few blocks away at the corner of North Goodwin Avenue and West Clark Street, without delay in the front of the university’s PBS radio and television station, WILL.
Surveillance video cameras confirmed that a black Saturn Astra exceeded via her at 2:00 p.m. as she waited at the bus stop, and then circled lower back around and stopped the place she used to be waiting at 2:03 p.m.
She spoke to the driver for about one minute and then entered the car. She has not been considered since.
Zhang was once last viewed wearing a charcoal-colored baseball cap, a pink-and-white top, a white undershirt, jeans, and white tennis shoes, and she was once carrying a black backpack.
The leasing agent sent a text message to her at approximately 2:38 p.m., however, obtained no reply. As the hours passed, Zhang’s friends, aware of her errand and waiting for her to return quickly, grew more and more worried. At 9:24 p.m., a partner professor known as police to record her missing.
Murder and trail
The details of the murder were revealed at the trial. After bringing Zhang back to his apartment, Christensen raped, assaulted, and decapitated Zhang. As of June 2019, her body has still not been found.
On June 24, 2019, a federal jury with 12-member panel had deliberated for less than two hours and found Christensen guilty on three counts.
the first being kidnapping and murder of Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang in 2017, and then two counts of making false statements to the FBI; Christensen was later sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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