Former Olympic volleyball star Elisabeth "Wiz" Bachman looked on in horror as her dad, Todd Bachman - father-in-law of current men's Olympic volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon - was stabbed to death and mom Barbara was slashed while the family toured the 13th-century Drum Tower, the US Olympic Committee said.
Todd Bachman, 62, was walking several feet behind his wife and daughter when former factory worker Tang Yongming, 47, set on the doting grandfather, a fourth-generation home-and-garden-store CEO from Farmington, Minn. "When the attack happened, Barbara heard Todd," his cousin, Dale Bachman, told reporters in Minneapolis. "She turned and went toward Todd and that's when she was attacked.
"To me, that was a strong indication of her love. She also is a fabulous woman."
Witnesses said the crazed man, who spoke English, and Todd Bachman began arguing in the courtyard in front of the massive tower when Yongming "slashed wildly" at the group, according to the Daily Mail.
"Both men were shouting very loudly at each other . . . they were speaking in English," one witness said. "Then the Chinese guy lifted a knife and slashed wildly at these people. He went berserk and was screaming all the time." The witness said the victims collapsed in a pool of blood as the killer scrambled into the landmark tower.
After making his way up to the second floor, 130 feet above the ground, he clung to a rail for a half-hour before leaping to his death, according to the Mail. Barbara Bachman was in critical, but stable, condition late last night after surgery. The family's Chinese tour guide was also injured, but miraculously their daughter, who played for the US team in Athens in 2004, emerged from the carnage unscathed, according to the USOC.
The Bachmans "were not wearing apparel or anything that would have specifically identified them as being members of our delegation," said USOC spokesman Darryl Seibel. American and Chinese authorities both said their initial theory is that Tang acted alone. "We don't believe this was targeted at American citizens," said Susan Stevenson, a spokeswoman for the US Embassy in Beijing.
Reports also indicate police inexplicably took up to 90 minutes to respond to the tragedy. The attack cast a horrifying pall on the Games, which had enjoyed glowing reviews from Friday's opening ceremonies.
Yongming, a divorcee from Hangzhou, 700 miles south of Beijing, has no criminal record. Officials, who said they would beef up security at tourist destinations, believe he traveled to Beijing on Aug. 1.
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