Olympics' Start Marked By Fatal Stabbing The Olympics' opening ceremony was spectacular, but the beginning of the games began with the stabbing of two American tourists. One of the victims has died. The attacker jumped to his death in this rare daylight stabbing.

Olympics' Start Marked By Fatal Stabbing

Olympics' Start Marked By Fatal Stabbing

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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.


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.