The man accused of stabbing a family of five to death this weekend was charged with their murders Monday morning. Ming Dong Chen, a Chinese immigrant, allegedly killed his cousin’s wife and four children with a meat cleaver late Saturday night.
According to the NYPD, Chen’s cousin-in-law and eventual victim Qiao Zhen Li noticed Chen acting strangely Saturday and tried to contact her husband at work. When she couldn’t reach him, she called her mother-in-law in China, who contacted her daughter in Brooklyn. The daughter along with her husband went to Li’s house, where they discovered a horrible scene. From CBS New York:
“The sister arrives at the location with her husband and they bang on the door and they bang on the door,” At some point, [NYPD Chief of Department Philip] Banks said Chen “opens the door and they see that he’s covered in blood.”
Li and her four children were all found “cut and butchered with a kitchen knife,” according to Banks; three of Li's children, a 9-year-old girl, a 7-year-old girl, and a 17-month-old boy were pronounced dead at the scene, and Li and her 5-year-old son were taken to a nearby hospital, where they succumbed to their injuries.
“Horrific, horrific crime,” Banks said. “It’s a scene you’ll never forget.”
Li’s husband reportedly arrived at the precinct house early Sunday morning, after learning that his cousin had slaughtered his family.
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