24-Year-Old Actress Strangled to Death in Hair Salon
A 24-year-old actress from China was killed and raped by her hair stylist, who had attempted to rob her.
On June 15th, actress Zhang Yuqing (张遇晴) told her fiancé that she was going to get her hair washed at the hair salon within Yunnan Arts University, but she never returned. Her fiancé Zhao then went to the school campus to search for her, only to discover that Zhang had actually never left the campus. He filed a missing persons report at 6:35 p.m. that night, but received a mysterious text message from Zhang’s phone half an hour later at 7 p.m. In the message, Zhang said she went to get her phone fixed, adding that Zhao “didn’t need to find her.” Zhao found the message suspicious, as the style of writing did not fit Zhang’s.
It wasn’t until the following night when her body was found washed up by the river near the the university’s football field. Huang, a hair stylist working for the campus hair salon, was the main suspect. Huang initially admitted to involuntary manslaughter, stemming from a physical altercation with Zhang. However, Huang eventually admitted to murder after investigators found DNA evidence of rape in Zhang’s body.
According to Chinese reports, Huang was in huge debt, and when he first laid eyes on Zhang, he plotted to steal her iPhone. He purposefully lured Zhang to the second floor of the salon so he could lock the front door without Zhang noticing. He then attempted to tie Zhang with a towel and scotch tape, but Zhang managed to escape his grip. He grabbed Zhang by the neck and strangled her to death. He then violated her body.
Worried that Zhang’s identity would be exposed, Huang poured a corrosive substance on her face so she would be unrecognizable. He then slipped Zhang’s body into a large bag and dropped her in the river next to the football field.
Zhang was a Yunnan Arts University alumna and once made an appearance on Beautiful Rebirth <美丽重生>. She had starred in several commercials, and was to marry her fiancé in August.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.