Many gather to remember ASU student killed

Posted at 6:42 PM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-19 08:32:31-05

More than 100 people gathered to remember a 19-year-old Arizona State University international student murdered after a fender bender.

ASU's university provost said Yue Jiang was a sophomore form the Chongqing province in China who was studying English and then enrolled in ASU's business school in the spring of 2015 to study finance. She moved to the Valley in the fall of 2014. 

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Jiang was killed by a driver who shot at her after a collision when she was returning from a shopping trip with a friend, ASU officials said.

"We feel that bond between each other because we're all from China,” said William Zhu, president of ASU’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association. 

ASU's Chinese community came together to remember a bright student taken much too soon.

"We have a really big community over here at ASU," said Zhu. "We have more than 3,000 Chinese students."

Tempe police say 32-year-old Holly Davis shot her to death on Saturday after Davis rear-ended Jiang.

According to court documents, Davis hid her vehicle after fleeing the scene, hid the pistol she used during the shooting under her vehicle, she also put her clothing in a washing machine and took a shower. The woman told police she had a desire to be shot by law enforcement and suffers from depression. 

Since early Monday morning, students have made their way to a memorial site near McClintock Drive and Broadway Road in Tempe, dropping off flowers, candles and some of Jiang's favorite things.

"We are all students studying here, so we just wanted to do a little bit right now," Zhu said.

Even those who didn't know Jiang, who just happen to see the story on the news, came to pay their respects.

"We just felt like we wanted to send our condolences," Leslie Martin said. "Because it's really sad."

ASU released a statement which in part read:

"ASU Counseling Services are available today and every day through the 24-hour helpline: 480-921-1006 Tomorrow and the rest of the week, counselors also are available, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at any of the Counseling Services four locations

Downtown Phoenix: 602-496-1155

Polytechnic: 480-727-1255

Tempe: 480-965-6146

West: 602-543-8125"