Huang Yang - Fudan University student allegedly poisoned by roommate dies

Updated: 17 Apr 2013
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Huang Yang, 28, is a medical postgraduate student enrolled in 2010. He died yesterday afternoon from multiple organ failure, 15 days after he drank water laced with a toxic chemical. (Photo: Weibo)


The No.20 dormitory building of Fudan University where the poison attack took place. (Photo: Weibo)


Huang Yang's body is sent to the mortuary from the intensive care unit at the Zhongshan Hospital affiliated with the Shanghai-based Fudan University Tuesday afternoon. (Photo: Weibo)


The victim of a suspected poisoning case at the Shanghai-based Fudan University died Tuesday, some two weeks after he drank water that was allegedly poisoned by his roommate.

Fudan University said on its official Sina Weibo account that Huang Yang, 27, a third-year graduate student from its medical school, died despite intensive treatment since being admitted to the university-affiliated Zhongshan Hospital on April 1.

Huang was initially hospitalized for vomiting and fever, and later suffered liver failure and fell into a coma. The school then reported the case to local police after the hospital failed to pin down the cause.

Local police on April 11 detected toxic chemical compounds in the water left over in the dispenser at his dormitory, which he shared with two other roommates.

The police, however, did not find any clue until Huang's schoolmate received a text message from an unidentified number reminding him of a specific chemical on April 9.

Following the message, one of Huang's roommates, surnamed Lin, was identified as the suspect on April 12.

Shanghai police confirmed Tuesday that Lin is under criminal custody as a major suspect and is being interrogated.

Police also said investigations are still underway to determine the source of the toxic compound, without mentioning its name.

However, the Oriental Morning Post reported Tuesday that the compound might be N-Nitrosodimethylamine, a toxic chemical that can cause liver damage. It is generally used for scientific research and hospitals rarely purchase it.

Huang, who was raised by a family of laid-off workers in Sichuan Province, had been financed by scholarships and income from part-time jobs during his previous eight years of studies at Fudan. He ranked first in this year's medical doctor's entrance examination and was to continue his studies.

Fang Ming, a spokesman of Fudan University, denied online speculation that Lin poisoned Huang due to being jealous of his outstanding academic performance, pointing out the two students are in different majors.

"The university will try its best to cooperate with the investigation and push for a quick and convincing result to comfort Huang's family," Fang told the Global Times.

Huang's father said after he was informed of his son's condition, he arrived in Shanghai on April 3 and met the two roommates when sleeping at the dorm that night. The father did not sense anything out of the ordinary and learned that his son had noticed a problem with the water and decided to clean the dispenser.

"I don't understand the motive. Everybody loves my son and he earned his opportunity through hard work. He was such a loving and strong kid," the father said.

Zhang Jinjian, one of Huang's friends who came to the hospital, told the Global Times that his body has been sent for autopsy. "I can't believe he's gone. We just talked about our dreams after his exam."

His friends told the Global Times that Huang, known to those close to him as Yangyang, was a smart, passionate and caring person. His high school classmates from Sichuan vowed to take care of his parents for him and called for a thorough investigation.

"He chose to study medicine for his sick parents and he deserves justice," a friend surnamed Zhou said.

The public is also questioning the role and responsibility of the university in managing hazardous chemicals, although the school claimed that the source of the substance remained unclear.

Huang's cousin posted a childhood family photo on her Weibo Tuesday to mourn her elder cousin, joined by tens of thousands of netizens grieving for the loss of a young life and demanding justice.

Huang's case also reminded the public of another unsolved case at Tsinghua University in 1994, when Zhu Ling, a student who majored in chemistry, was allegedly poisoned by her roommate using thallium. Zhu suffered a severe disability in a case that to date has not been resolved.


SOURCE: Shanghai Daily

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The boy died at such a young age, his family must be feeling devastated. However, they should file a case against those two students immediately. For any kind of legal complication one should hire the best lawyer. If you need help in an immigration case then you should hire the best corporate immigration attorney boston.
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james covey Commented on 25 Jan 2016
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Kevinosbern Commented on 07 Aug 2015
It is heart breaking to hear such news. A hope of a family was ruined there. From what I hear, he was such a brilliant student and teachers say that he did have a great future. It is still a mystery, what was the motive for such an act.

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jerryrice Commented on 29 Apr 2015
This is awful! How can anyone poison another person, especially that they don't know each other?! Even though the student who did this illegal act will be represented during the trial by the best criminal defense lawyer, he must be punished according to his actions. The lawyer will be there to be sure that he won't be persecuted and to defend his legal rights as a human being.
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