The couple had been estranged for a while and the wife was believed to have been in a relationship with a coworker.
Trigger Warning: Graphic details of violence
Not all couples last. Some might realize that they are not right for each other and decide to go their separate ways. Separating from a partner after a long term relationship is not easy. It can break many hearts but in the case of one couple, it cost them their lives. It's important to teach the current and future generation of men how to handle rejection from a partner or anyone else. The cost of rejecting a man shouldn't be one's life.
When a 40-year-old woman asked for a divorce from her 46-year-old husband, it sent him into a rage, and he took a path from which there was no return. The couple had been estranged for a year during which she had been seeing someone else, it was later found. However, that doesn't justify the man's actions one bit.
46-year-old Xin Yu lay in wait for his wife 40-year-old Min Ai outside her apartment at Greenwich and Morris streets in New York just before 9 am as she headed to work one morning in fall 2020. When they encountered each other, an argument ensued, and Yu ended up slashing his wife with a knife before fatally shooting her in the head and torso. The incident took place in broad daylight and in the middle of the street in Lower Manhattan, according to authorities.
An apparent murder suicide under investigation in Lower Manhattan. Police say a 40 yr old woman was shot and killed on Morris & Greenwich Streets. A 46 yr old man also shot at that location died at a hospital. #1010WINS pic.twitter.com/syNNkiPg0g— Sonia Rincón (@SoniaRincon) October 26, 2020
Later, the spurned man shot himself in the head, in an attempt to end his life, according to Daily Mail. Yu, who was believed to be from Canada, accosted his wife in the middle of the city's financial district, where gun violence is a rarity, as per NY Daily News.
The woman died at the scene. A witness, who was walking to the Rector St. subway station with her headphones on didn’t hear the shots, but she stopped to help. Some construction workers in the area had gotten her attention, which is when she realized what happened and called the police. The shooter still had the gun in his hand, a large semi-automatic pistol, according to the woman, who didn't reveal her name. She said that the reason she stepped in to help was that other pedestrians wouldn't.
"I took the gun from his hand while he was still breathing. I just did it just to be safe. I took it really quick and put it on the ground next to my foot," the woman said to the New York Daily News. "I just did what needed to be done to make sure no one else got hurt. I really didn’t think about it," she added.
In helping diffuse the situation, she got her fingerprints on the weapon. So, the police took her fingerprints so they could eliminate her as a suspect. When the medics reached the spot, they took the 46-year-old Canadian man to the Lower Manhattan Hospital, where he died.
Man, woman dead in apparent murder-suicide in Lower Manhattan https://t.co/SUseNn2Y7x pic.twitter.com/nNPwyEUeu5— New York Post Metro (@nypmetro) October 26, 2020
At the time of the attack, the man had their marriage certificate on him, according to ABC 7 NY. Ai and he had been estranged, and she working at a bank in Lower Manhattan. She had been dating a colleague for a year. Her current partner had contacted the cops after he couldn't get in touch with her. He believed that nobody at the bank knew about their relationship.