A murder that should have been avoided
Feb 02, 2010 | 3394 views | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The year 2009 just ended with Mayor Bloomberg patting police on the back for keeping the murder toll under 500 and once again earning New York City the title of safest big city in the U.S. And then less than a month into 2010, a murder occurs that could have been prevented. That’s the most tragic part of the tragedy.

The death and mutilation of Qian Wu shocked the rest of us, but it came as no surprise to her grieving husband and probably not to the 109th Precinct, either, who Wu allegedly filed several orders of protection with over the years.

In fact, just four days before she was murdered, she went to the 109th Precinct to report that her would-be killer, a man who had stalked her for years, had recently been harassing her.

The cops probably just thought, “Oh no, not this paranoid woman again. Why is she always coming here?”

Someone should have been paying closer attention. After all, the man who was harassing her lived just several buildings away. Not to mention, Wu had filled out a police report in May 2006 claiming that the man, Huang Chen, had pointed a knife at her while choking her with a rope and repeatedly punching her in the face. Apparently he was upset that Wu, who owned an employment agency, couldn’t find him a job. The Queens District Attorney’s report says Chen pleaded guilty to the attack and served just 30 days in jail.

Several news sources reported that Chen was an illegal immigrant and faced deportation following the attack, but apparently U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement put him on supervised release instead. So Immigration Enforcement is okay with separating families who only want to give their kids better lives, but it won’t send violent psychos out of the country?

Anyway, this isn’t about the illegal immigration debate. It’s about decisions, made by individuals in positions of power, that set off a chain of events which ultimately resulted in Wu’s death.

The killer is facing up to 25 years to life in prison, but where else can blame be laid for this murder which could have been avoided? It doesn’t really matter; a woman is dead, a husband is widowed, and a father is without a child. No amount of finger-pointing is going to change that.

We expect that a lot of questions will be directed at the 109th Precinct in the coming days. We also expect some answers.

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