The Chinese Consulate General in New York on Tuesday confirmed that a Chinese national was killed near the northeastern U.S. city of Boston, cautioning Chinese citizens in the United States to raise safety awareness.
The killing occurred "in recent days" in Lexington of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, the Consulate General said in a statement, adding that the Consulate General has asked local authorities to bring the killer to justice as soon as possible.
The Chinese diplomatic office has also reached out to the family of the victim, the statement said.
Local media reported earlier that a Chinese female was found dead last week in her car. The local office of chief medical examiner has determined that her death was a homicide, caused by blunt force trauma.
Also on Tuesday, the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism issued a warning to citizens who are going to the U.S. for tourist visits to exercise caution, in response to the recent criminal cases including mass shootings, robberies, and thefts occurred in the United States.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs also reminded Chinese citizens to improve safety awareness and stay alert when visiting the U.S., said a spokesperson in a regular press briefing on Tuesday.
The woman killed was last seen by her husband on the evening of May 28. She missed two appointments on the following day, alarming friends and prompting the search.
Lexington is a small town about 21 kilometers northwest of Boston.
(Cover: A general view of downtown Boston, February 25, 2013. /VCG Photo)