Ying Guan Chen was shot numerous times before dying in a Popeyes in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Now, investigators have revealed that the murder is the result of a decades-long feud that began in rural China, according to the New York Times.
The murderer, Wu Long Chen, had followed through on a family rivalry which started in the Changle section of Fuzhou City, in Fujian Province. According to Ying Guan Chen’s widow, both Chen families descend from this area. The argument began over trash disposal — as neighborhood arguments often do — and eventually escalted into real violence. After a physical fight between the two families broke out and police were called, Ying Guan Chen’s relatives began throwing literal stones into the Wu Long Chen family house.
“The house was completely smashed,” recalled a neighbor. The families never spoke after this incident.
Both Wu Long Chen and Ying Guan Chen eventually moved to New York, where the two continued to not talk despite occaisionally running into each other. The two attended a wedding of a mutual friend, where they also did not speak, but Wu Long Chen became quite obsessed with Ying Guan following the event.
The two eventually attended another wedding together, after which Wu Long followed Ying Guan and shot and killed him.
“How is it even possible that someone could hold a grudge over something like this?” asked Xiaomei Chen, Ying Guan Chen’s daughter.
Wu Long was ultimately convicted of murder. He potentially faces up to life in prison.