Univ. Utah to pay $5 million to parents of Chinese student killed by abusive ex-boyfriend

Univ. Utah to pay $5 million to parents of Chinese student killed by abusive ex-boyfriend


The University of Utah and the parents of Zhifan Dong, a 19-year-old international student from China who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend after reporting multiple domestic violence incidents, have agreed to a $5 million settlement.

The university released a statement on their website He announced the settlement on Tuesday.

The settlement includes a $5 million payment to the family and an agreement between the university and the family to erect a memorial on campus in Dong’s memory. The settlement will not include any state appropriations or student education funds.

University of Utah President Taylor Randall said the settlement “demonstrates our commitment to honoring Jifan Dong.”

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Her murder is a reminder that intimate partner violence is a social problem that transcends borders and cultures and manifests in many different ways. No one should have to suffer the loss of a child to violence and our university will continue to work hard, continue to improve and advance the health and well-being of our students.

Salt Lake City police say Dong was found dead at a campus motel after reports of a man threatening to kill his girlfriend.

Her body was discovered next to her ex-boyfriend, 26-year-old international student Haoyu Wang, who admitted Killing Dong with heroin To “put her out of her misery” before trying to kill herself with drugs.

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Wang is currently incarcerated and awaiting trial for his murder.

A document shared by the University of Utah revealed one Report history Dong made up to university housing staff about Wang’s suicidal tendencies. Wang was charged with one count of domestic violence assault in January 2022, the same month Dong received a temporary protective order from police.

In their own statement, Zifan’s parents, Junfang Shen and Mingsheng Dong, thanked the university and expressed hope that their daughter’s case would help prevent future incidents of domestic violence on campus.

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While we mourn Jifan’s death, we are thankful for taking this important step toward justice for our daughter. We thank the university and President Taylor Randall for his leadership in recognizing our loss and working with us toward a resolution with urgency and compassion. It is our hope that Zifan will be remembered and that his memory will inspire others to prevent intimate partner violence and save lives on campus and throughout our community. We hope she inspires other victims to seek help and leave their abusers.

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