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Asian student found killed allegedly by her boyfriend

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The Bloomington police department are investigating an apparent murder-suicide of two Indiana University students.

The 21-year-old Yaolin Wang was fatally stabbed allegedly by her boyfriend, who than killed himself.

Police suspect her boyfriend, 20-year-old Chuanlin Xiao, killed her before hanging himself.

In a statement by her father:

“I wasn’t prepared to speak,” said Wang’s father, speaking through a translator. “I am filled with complete and devastating sadness, but I still must speak.” Wang’s father said he had come to visit his daughter from China on her 21st birthday, Sept. 18. He said Wang was so proud to show him around the campus “and excited to get into Indiana University.” “Not even half a month has passed since I was here with her that Yaolin is no longer here,” he said. In honor of her memory, and her fondness for the university, Wang’s father said he would take the tuition that was returned to him and start an endowment fund in Yaolin’s name at IU so that “she never has to leave.”

Indiana University spokesperson Mark Land says Wang was an Indiana University student from China. She was in her first semester at IU.

“The death of any student is a very sad time for the university and the apparent circumstances here are very tragic,” Land said. “Our hearts and our thoughts go out to all of her family and friends.”

The victim and suspect had been in a relationship for approximately six months and they had lived together at the apartment on Goodnight Way for approximately a month.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and have not released any additional information at this time.

2015ChineseIUstudentvigilMembers of Yaolin Wang’s family place flowers at a memorial during a vigil for Wang and fellow student Joseph Smedley at Dunn Meadow on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington. (Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein / For The Star)