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Update: Local investigation into death of Chinese man ongoing

The Criminal Investigation Division with the Department of Public Safety has identified the Chinese man found dead at his residence and place of business early Sunday morning, as 56-year old Zhang Qi Hui.

Commander of the CID, Captain Lavata’i Ta’ase Sagapolutele told Samoa News that an autopsy has been requested with the Attorney General’s office; and the investigation is continuing, with this matter being treated as a homicide until evidence comes up proving otherwise.

Samoa News inquired if there are any signs of foul play, however the CID Commander declined to further comment on the case.

The man was found dead inside his residence early Sunday morning by the landlord according to a neighbor, Tiana Tamaseu, who lives behind the house and store.

Tamaseu said the man had health problems and she saw the landlord of the residence, at the house, knocking on the door last Friday and Saturday. She said the landlord went there to pick up the rent from the man, and there was no answer.

The neighbor said the third time the landlord came to the door— early Sunday morning — there was still no answer, and it was then the landlord contacted police, who arrived and found the man dead on his bed.

Tamaseu told Samoa News she moved to Satala in 1982 and the man’s family was already living there. She said the man has two children, who currently reside in the United States.