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American falls at Chientan Youth Center (update)

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American falls at Chientan Youth Center (update)

Taipei, July 6 (CNA) A 17-year-old U.S. citizen of Chinese descent fell to his death from a building at the Chientan Overseas Youth Activity Center in Taipei, the center's owner, China Youth Corps, confirmed Monday. After the fall, rescue workers rushed the victim to Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital in Shihlin, Taipei, but no signs of life were detected. His name was not released, the city's Fire Department reported earlier that day. The victim, a high school student, came to Taiwan July 1 with his sister to participate in a summer camp and was scheduled to stay in Taiwan for 21 days, but seemed to have had difficulty adapting to the environment and on July 4, took to hiding in a clothes closet, said Wang Chun-yuan (???), an inspector from China Youth Corps, which organizes the summer camp. The corps then decided to send the young man to Hong Kong to meet with his family Tuesday after communicating with his parents, according to Wang. Due to his bizarre behavior, the young did not go with his sister and other team members on a tour of Hualien in eastern Taiwan. Instead, the corps arranged for him to take a trip to Taipei Zoo. However, the young man was found to have fallen into a garden at the youth activity center Monday afternoon after his return from the zoo, according to Wang. Police said that according to their initial judgment, the young man could have committed suicide, but since he did not leave a note, the reason leading to his fall is pending further investigation. The young man's parents were set to arrive in Taiwan the following day, Wang added. (By K.H. Yiu, Hsu Chih-wei and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-19 13:24 GMT+08:00