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Olympics' Start Marked By Fatal Stabbing

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Olympics' Start Marked By Fatal Stabbing

Olympics' Start Marked By Fatal Stabbing

Olympics' Start Marked By Fatal Stabbing

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

This is Weekend Edition from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. The Olympic Games are underway, but the thrill of competition has been tempered today by tragedy. Today, two relatives of a coach for the U.S. men's volleyball team were stabbed to death in one of the city's tourist sites. Oh, forgive me, one was stabbed - two were stabbed, one to death. The other is seriously injured. NPR's Frank Langfitt is on the line from Beijing. Frank, thanks very much for being with us.

FRANK LANGFITT: Hi, Scott.

SIMON: What do we know about this attack?

LANGFITT: Well, according to the U.S. Embassy and the Beijing police, it happened at the Drum Tower this afternoon. They say a man stabbed these two tourists and their Chinese tour guide, and then the police say - and this is a really strange twist - he threw himself off the Drum Tower to his death. Now Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, said his name is Tang Yongming. He's about 47 years old from Hangzhou, that's a lake city not that far from Shanghai. But they don't have anything else on him, no motive. And the embassy hasn't named the victims yet.

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