An Indiana University student who was a fatally stabbed was the victim of an abusive, controlling relationship by a man who followed her to southern Indiana from the state of Washington, according to Bloomington police.
Capt. Joe Qualters said Wednesday that on Sept. 30, the day 21-year-old Yaolin Wang was found dead with more than 10 stab wounds, she sent a text message to a friend to the effect of, "my nightmare is back."
Wang had attended class earlier that day.
Her alleged abuser, 20-year-old Chuanlin Xiao, was found hanged near Wang's body in an apartment complex common area.
Qualters said Wang, a Chinese student, didn't let law enforcement or school officials know the problems she was having behind closed doors.
"Wang did not want anyone to know of the problems she was having with Xiao and did not seek outside assistance from school officials or law enforcement," Qualters said in a statement. "Friends of Wang tried to intervene on her behalf, but Xiao informed them that he came from a powerful family in China who could retaliate against their families there if they were the cause of him getting into trouble in the United States."
Xiao slowly manipulated and gained control over Wang by using tactics like stealing her passport, hiding her cosmetics and making her give him money, according to police.
They had been dating for six months, the Indy Star reports.
Hundreds of students gathered last week to mourn Wang on campus.
During the vigil, Wang's father said he planned to take the tuition that was returned to him and start an endowment fund in Wang's name at IU, according to the Indy Star, so that "she never has to leave."