Webcam Murder Suspect Arrested in Toronto

Filed in Gather News Channel by on April 21, 2011 0 Comments

Toronto police have made an arrest in the webcam murder of York University student Liu Qian. Brian Dickson, 29, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He will appear in court today.

Qian was talking with her boyfriend, Meng Xianchao, via webcam when their conversation was interrupted by a knock on her door. When she answered, Meng watched in horror as Liu struggled for her life. The webcam was shut off, and Meng, who was in China at the time, immediately contacted friends in Toronto who called police.

Toronto police have asked the media not to publish photos of Dickson, fearing that it could “compromise” the investigation. An autopsy was inconclusive as to exact cause of death, and they are still waiting for toxicology results, reports Fox News.

Needless to say, Qian’s family and the York University community are struggling to deal with this tragedy, but they must be relieved that a suspect has been arrested. Hopefully, although the chat was streaming live, the authorities will be able to recover additional evidence through Qian’s computer.

College should be a wonderful time of a young person’s life, a chance to learn, and realize dreams for the future. Unfortunately for Qian, her future was stolen from her for reasons still unknown. Most will be able to remember Qian in happier times, but in a cruel twist of fate, her webcam murder will haunt her boyfriend forever.

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