As Gonno couple’s two children, parents arrive

Family members not allowed to see bodies

The parents and the two children of a Chinese couple who were found dead inside their charred house in As Gonno last Feb. 23 arrived on Saipan from China early yesterday morning. They expressed disappointment and sorrow at not being allowed to see the bodies 10 days after the incident.
Jin Chuan Zhuang and Lan Zhi Guan, parents of female victim Qing Xiu Zheng, and Jin Kai Hu, father of male victim Guo Huang Xu, arrived on Saipan with the victims’ children, Xing Peng Xu, 13, and Li Lian Xu, 5, at 1:30am.

The group was met at the airport by the brother and sister of victim Qing Xiu Zheng, and a Chinese volunteer for the American Red Cross.

Qing Ying Zheng, sister of victim Qing Xiu Zheng, told Saipan Tribune yesterday that they were all crying when they met at the airport.

Qing Ying Zheng, a store manager, said that Jin Kai Hu, the father of their sister’s husband, Guo Huang Xu, was really emotional.

Qing Ying Zheng said that she called the Department of Public Safety yesterday morning to ask for permission to see the bodies at the Commonwealth Health Center’s morgue, but was told to check with the Commonwealth Bureau of Investigation in Garapan.

She said they proceeded to the CBI office, but an investigator told them they can’t see the bodies yet as the doctor was not done with the examination.

“We thought the autopsy was already done. Our parents really want to see the bodies. It’s already 10 days, but until now we’re not allowed to see the bodies,” she said, adding that they’re going to bring the bodies back to China.

Police have classified the death as a double homicide. The two reportedly died due to smoke inhalation as a result of the fire that razed their house to the ground in As Gonno.

Last Friday, DPS Commissioner James Deleon Guerrero said that investigators have so far no solid lead in the arson case, but that they are looking into a possible link to the recent arrest of seven men for alleged distribution of methamphetamine or “ice.”

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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