ARMED cops are guarding two men in hospital arrested over the death of a 16-year-old girl stabbed to death in a Chinese takeaway.
Wenjing Xu, also known as Wenjing Lin, 16, had been chatting to friends about a pal’s 16th birthday party moments before she died.
Wenjing was stabbed to death in a Chinese takeaway in South WalesCredit: PA:Press Association
Two injured men, aged 31 and 38, were arrested following the Friday bloodbath in the small town of Ynyswen, near Treorchy, South Wales.
Police confirmed Wenjing and the men, both believed to be Chinese, were known to each other.
Armed cops are now keeping a round-the-clock vigil at the hospital in case of further violence.
They also want to interview the pair and interpreters are standing by for when doctors say they can be spoken to.
A murder investigation has been launchedCredit: Athena Picture Agency
Forensics officers at the scene of the bloodbath in Ynyswen, South WalesCredit: EPA
Police initially said Wenjing’s death was “sudden and unexplained” but after a post mortem examination they confirmed she was murdered.
They also confirmed they were treating her death as murder.
Horrified locals described how the Blue Sky takeaway was “like a bloodbath” after the horror on Friday.
Paramedics battled to save Wenjing But she was tragically declared dead at the scene.
Tributes have now flooded in for the Grade A student, who had just been accepted at a sixth form college to study maths and psychology.
‘SHE WAS LOVED’
The teenager’s family said in a statement: “Wenjing had a very gentle soul, she was a very quiet person.
“Wenjing helped the whole family, working in the family takeaway. She enjoyed school and worked very hard. She was loved by her family.”
The schoolgirl was due to meet her friends for a socially-distance birthday get together when the frenzy unfolded.
Her best friend said: “We were texting her about meeting up and then the messages suddenly stopped.
“We thought she’d fallen asleep then we heard what happened.
“Wenjing was clever, lovely and so funny – I can’t stop crying.”
Another friend , who used to work at the takeaway, said: “She was lovely, I really liked her. She was brilliant at maths and was tutoring me even though she was in a year below me in school.
“I am devastated at what has happened – she was lovely, an A-grade student who could have achieved anything in life.”
‘TRAGIC AND SHOCKING’
Specially-trained police liaison officers are supporting Wenjing’s family and relatives in China have been told of the tragedy.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lewis, said: “Following completion of the post mortem examination we are now able to confirm that we are treating Wenjing’s death as murder.
“This is a tragic and shocking incident – our thoughts are with Wenjing’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.
“I can reassure the community that at this time we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
“A 31 year-old man, known to the victim, is in police custody having been arrested on suspicion of murder, and a 38 year-old man is also in police custody in connection with the incident.
“Both are being treated in hospital as a result of injuries sustained during the incident. I remain grateful for the support we have received from the local community during our enquiries.”
Wenjing’s family have paid tributeCredit: Athena Picture Agency
A white police forensic tent was set up outside the takeaway
Local residents reported hearing screams coming from the restaurantCredit: Wales News Service