More painful emotions surfaced after the guilty verdict in the murders of two Chinese students at the University of Southern California, reports the China Daily.
Qu Ming (pictured) and Wu Ying were killed in a robbery in 2012 while sitting in their car.
The couple had planned to be married.
22-year old Javier Bolden faces life in prison without the possibility of parole after being found guilty on Monday.
His accomplice Bryan Barnes pleaded guilty in February and already has been sentenced to life without parole.
“The victims’ families have been waiting for over two years,” Yang Dongying, executive chairman of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association said. “It has been too long for those who lost their children forever. And the murderer is still alive. It hurts the families so much.”
Many who knew the couple questioned why Bolden isn’t facing the death penalty.
“He is a killer of two young lives. How could the court only give him life in prison and let him live on taxpayers’ money, asked He Konghua, chairwoman of the Greater China Woman’s Association.
You can read more about safety concerns from Chinese students at USC as well as more reaction to the verdict and possible sentence in the China Daily.