Authorities arrested a 27-year-old Google engineer and charged him with murder after he allegedly beat his wife to death.
The suspect, Chen Liren, is said to have repeatedly punched his wife, Yu Xuanyi, in the head at their home. In a statement released by the Santa Clara Police Department, Chen was found standing near his wife’s lifeless body, staring blankly with a swollen and purple right hand. The suspect was also found covered in blood splatters, with scratches on his arm.
Santa Clara Resident, Liren Chen, Charged with Wife’s Murder. https://t.co/DjKW2jldHY
— Santa Clara Police (@SantaClaraPD) January 19, 2024
The victim, on the other hand, was found with severe blunt force injuries to her head. The police discovered the incident after responding to a welfare check request made by Chen’s friend, who said Chen was refusing to answer his phone or the door.
Daily Mail Online reports that no weapon was found. Chen was initially taken to a hospital and remains in custody until his arraignment. If convicted, Chen will face several years of imprisonment.
According to the New York Post, Chen is a software engineer who worked on a YouTube Shorts recommendation algorithm for Google, according to his LinkedIn profile. Yu was also a software engineer and previously worked for Amazon.
The couple studied in China at Tsinghua University and the University of California San Diego. They have both lived in their home in Santa Clara for less than a year and always kept to themselves.
Google Spokesperson Bailey Tomson expressed his sadness over the devastating incident in a statement.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by what has happened to Xuanyi,” Tomson said. “Our thoughts are with her family at this time, and we will work to provide support to them and to coworkers who are processing this tragic news.”
District Attorney Jeff Rosen encouraged the general public to reach out to their local law enforcement agency if they find themselves in similar situations.
“Domestic violence deaths have been falling in our county, but that does not measure the depth and destructiveness of the violence,” Rosen said. Anyone who feels that they or someone else is being abused by their partners, please reach out to your local law enforcement agency. You are not alone. We can help.”