South Wales Police can confirm the death of a 16 year-old girl following an incident in Baglan Street, Treorchy on Friday (5 March, 2021), is now being treated as murder and the investigation is being led the force’s Major Crime Investigation Team.
Officers can also confirm the identity of the victim to be Wenjing XU.
The family of the victim, who are being supported by specially trained family liaison officers, have paid the following tribute to her:
“Wenjing had a very gentle soul, she was a very quiet person. Wenjing helped the whole family, working in the family takeaway. She enjoyed school and worked very hard. She was loved by her family.”
The Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lewis, said: “Following completion of the post mortem examination we are now able to confirm that we are treating Wenjing’s death as Murder”.
He added: “This is a tragic and shocking incident – our thoughts are with Wenjing’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time. I can reassure the community that at this time we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. A 31 year-old man, known to the victim, is in police custody having been arrested on suspicion of murder, and a 38 year-old man is also in police custody in connection with the incident. Both are being treated in hospital as a result of injuries sustained during the incident. I remain grateful for the support we have received from the local community during our enquiries.”
Witnesses or anybody with information can submit it using the Major Investigations Public Portal https://mipp.police.uk/operation/62SWP21B30-PO1
Alternatively they can contact South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting occurrence *077519.