Mother and four children killed with meat cleaver in New York

NEW YORK Sun Oct 27, 2013 3:14pm EDT

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York woman and her four young children were hacked to death with a meat cleaver in their Brooklyn home over the weekend and the father's cousin will be charged with their murders on Sunday, the New York Police Department said.

Responding to an emergency call on Saturday night, police found the two boys, two girls and their mother with multiple wounds at their home in Brooklyn's Sunset Park neighborhood.

The 25-year-old cousin of the children's father was at the home and was taken into custody. Police said they would charge him with the murders on Sunday, but declined to release his identity until then.

Three of the children were found dead at the scene. The woman and one of the children were later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The victims were identified as William Zhuo, 1, Kevin Zhuo, 5, Amy Zhuo, 7, Linda Zhuo, 9, and Qiao Zhen Li, 37.

Li's husband returned home after the police arrived and is not suspected of any involvement in the killings, police said.

Police declined to discuss a possible motive for the killings.

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Cynthia Johnston, Christopher Wilson, David Brunnstrom and Nick Zieminski)

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Comments (12)
Sp60000 wrote:
So Reuters, is it time to have a conversation on ‘knife control’? Should we require background checks on anyone buying a knife?

Oct 27, 2013 9:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Alex77 wrote:
As a survivor of the New York of the 1960-1980s, I say this barrage of bad news from the City is just the beginning. A rudderless city with re-emasculated police and courts is the genesis for rot and ruin all over again. The only difference is hyper athletic vegans on bikes will make it out of the city a hell of a lot faster than smoking drinkers driving Plymouth Furies back in the day.

Oct 27, 2013 10:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
HaywoodJBlome wrote:
It never takes long for the clueless to bring up the more than silly “knife control” baloney. Knives have many useful purposes. Guns are designed to launch a projectile at a target with the intention to cause death or damage. Period. That type of behavior needs to be controlled as anyone can see who reads the news on a daily basis. Nice try, but you really don’t get it. Wayne La Peeair likes your attempt, however.

Oct 27, 2013 10:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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