Treorchy ‘murder’: Man, 31, charged after girl, 16, killed at her family’s takeaway

A man has been charged with murdering a teenage girl who died following an incident at her family’s Chinese takeaway.

Chun Xu, 31, has been charged with murdering Wenjing Lin, 16, as well as attempting to murder a man, 38, in Treorchy, Wales.

Xu will appear before Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, South Wales Police said.

A force spokesperson added: “A 38-year-old man previously arrested in connection with the incident remains in hospital in a stable condition and is no longer being treated as a suspect in relation to this incident.”

Wenjing’s death was confirmed following reports of a stabbing in which two men in their 30s were also injured.

It is understood that Xu is not related to Wenjing, who is also known as Wenjing Xu.

Police were called to Baglan Street in the village of Ynyswen at around midday on March 5 to reports of an attack at the Blue Sky takeaway.

The school attended by Wenjing described her as “kind, passionate, and ambitious” earlier on Wednesday.

Treorchy Comprehensive School said there had been a “devastating impact” on teachers and pupils, particularly the victim’s friends and fellow Year 11 classmates, from her death.

It said in a statement: “The school will remember Wenjing Lin as a positive role model.

“She was extremely hard-working and was in the middle of studying for her GCSEs and had ambitions to go on to study psychology and maths and further maths at A-level.

“Wenjing took an active part in school life, travelling to Patagonia and being part of the school’s Combined Cadet Force, where she made many friends, who will remember her dry sense of humour and a person who inspired many others.

“She was also, however, a very responsible pupil who managed to combine her academic ambitions with a real commitment to support her family business.

“Wenjing was an honest and passionate pupil, who believed that it was important to always stand up for what you believe in.

“She was at the heart of her circle of friends, who shared a belief in being kind, passionate, and ambitious, but, most importantly, being true to yourself.”

The school said it was working with outside agencies to support those affected by the tragedy.

In a statement released last week, the teenager’s family said: “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.”

South Wales Police are now appealing for motorists with dashcam footage to get in touch as they may have filmed the incident.

Detectives said the Baglan Street area was busy at the time and motorists may have seen the incident unfold between 11.50am and 12.15pm.