2006/07/28 21:51:08 来源：BEIJING TODAY 作者：Chu Meng
BEIJING TODAYChu Meng An Italian woman was stabbed to death in the early hours of Tuesday near Beijing’s Chaoyang Park, the city’s Public Security Bureau and the Italian Embassy confirm yesterday.
On Wednesday afternoon, some dozen foreigners in their 20s gathered at the site where the woman died, south of Chaoyang Park, in a tearful commemoration ceremony. Candles were lit and placed on the ground.
A police spokesperson identified the woman as 28-year-old Italian Paola Sandri, who had arrived in China on June 18. He said the police received a report at 2:04 on Tuesday morning that a foreign woman had been wounded and was lying prostrate in a street south of Chaoyang Park.
When police reached the site, an ambulance was preparing to take the woman to Chaoyang Hospital, where she died two hours later. The police have confirmed that Ms Sandri was killed in a robbery, adding that their investigation was ongoing. Ms Sandri’s body has been sent to the police Legal Medical Examination Center for conformation of cause of death.An employee of the Cultural Department of the Italian Embassy said the embassy was in contact with the police. “She actually worked in the embassy’s cultural departmenin 2004. She left the embassy one and a half years later. She was a Chinese teacher at a French university after that, and was in China this time to travel and for research.”According to the Beijing News, the police found a 20-centimetre dagger, a mobile phone and a black umbrella in a pool of blood on the ground. The trail of blood stretched for nearly 100 meters, leading police to speculate that Sandri had tried to escape before she fell to the ground.