Relative of US Olympic coach killed in Beijing

The Olympic games which opened yesterday in China have been touched by tragedy already.

A knife-wielding Chinese man attacked two relatives of a coach for the U.S. Olympic men’s volleyball team at a tourist site in Beijing, killing one and injuring the other on the first day of the Olympics on Saturday, team officials and state media said. The man then committed suicide by throwing himself from the second story of the site, the 13th century Drum Tower just five miles from the main Olympics site.

The brutal attack shortly after midday was all the more shocking because of the rarity of violent crime against foreigners in tightly controlled China, which has ramped up security measures even more for the Olympics.

The stabbing came only hours after what by many accounts was the most spectacular opening ceremony in Olympic history and it has already dampened some of the enthusiasm.

This will likely put a damper on the events for US athletes plus maybe some from other countries. China may like to keep news like this quiet, but I’m sure the Olympic rumor mill or grapevine will prevent the news from spreading among those there to take part in the games.

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