Yet another Chinese farmer killed


Another Chinese farmer was killed outside his house in As Lito on Saturday early morning.

The Department of Public Safety has yet to release information about the homicide, but a source disclosed that killed was a certain Ding, in his 60s, also known as Papasang.

The source said blunt objects were found next to Ding’s body.

The body was taken to the Commonwealth Health Center’s morgue.

The source said the wife woke up on Saturday at about 6am and looked for Ding.

The wife later saw Ding’s body on the ground outside his house.

No one was arrested yet as police are conducting further investigation.

DPS is expected to release more details to the media about the homicide today, Monday.

It’s the first homicide case this year in the CNMI.

In November 2014, Hai Ren Li and Cheng You Li, both Chinese farmers, were murdered and dumped at the old runway in Koblerville.

Hai Ren Li and Cheng You Li were last seen in the afternoon of Oct. 31, 2014, when they left their respective houses in As Lito and San Antonio to work at their farm in As Gonno between 12pm and 2:30pm.

On Nov. 1, 2014, part of a large group of the Chinese community that helped in the search found Hai Ren Li’s Toyota Tacoma that was abandoned under some tangan-tangan trees a few steps away from the side of Magisa Drive in As Gonno.

On Feb. 23, 2014, Guo Huang Xu and his wife, Qing Xiu Zheng, both farmers, were found charred in their house that was razed to the ground by fire. Police classified the case as double homicide.

On Dec. 8, 2012, couple Jun Li Yang and Jing Liu were found murdered inside their home in San Vicente. Jing Liu was president, treasurer, and secretary of a company that was planning to put up a recycling center and engaged in apartment rental.

All these homicides along with several missing persons involving Chinese remain unsolved.

In April last year, two homicides in a row stunned the community when a security guard was fatally shot by a masked man during an attempted robbery at Royal Poker in Afetnas, just a day after police discovered that Ana Maria Limes was killed in her house in Oleai.

James Patrick Deleon Guerrero, 39, was shot in the back and was found dead inside the restroom of the poker establishment, where he tried to hide from the armed suspect.

The killing of Deleon Guerrero remains unsolved.

Limes’ husband, Sylvester R. Sablan, was tagged as the suspect in her killing, but until today, he was not formally charged over her death.

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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