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Two monks die in suspected homicide-suicide

Two monks die in suspected homicide-suicide

Taipei, Jan. 14 (CNA) A visiting Chinese monk, who was found dead in his hotel room in the northern Taiwan city of Hsinchu Wednesday, is believed to have been killed by a fellow monk who later committed suicide, according to police.
The two monks, identified as Dharma Master Jingran, abbot of the Linggu Temple in China's Nanjing City, and Dharma Master Chunru, supervisor of the same temple, were among a six-member group invited by the Hsuan Chuang Culture and Education Foundation, an affiliate of the private Hsuan Chuang University in Hsinchu City, to visit Taiwan for goodwill exchanges.
The six-member delegation from the famous Nanjing Buddhist temple, composed of four Dharma masters and two Buddhist followers, arrived in Taiwan Monday for a six-day visit.
According to police, the two deceased monks seemed to have argued vehemently a day before they were found dead. Chunru was suspected of having hit Jingran's head with a lampstand during the argument.
Shocked by Jingran's death, Chunru then jumped to his death from his hotel room, police said. Police later discovered a note in his pocket reading: "Please ask the police to catch me, only then can I find peace of my mind." Hsinchu police said they are further investigating the cause of deaths and motivation behind the alleged murder.
(By Sofia Wu)




Updated : 2021-05-16 20:52 GMT+08:00