A MAN has been charged with murder after a 16-year-old student was killed in a Chinese take-away.
Chun Xu, 31 is accused of killing 16-year-old Wenjing Lin, who was described as an A-grade student,, in Treorchy on Friday, South Wales Police said.
Xu will appear before Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates' Court on Thursday.
A 38-year-old man previously arrested in connection with the incident remains in hospital in a stable condition and is no longer being treated as a suspect in relation to the incident.
It is understood Xu is not related to Wenjing Lin.
Police were called to Baglan Street in the village of Ynyswen at around midday on Friday March 5 to reports of an attack at the Blue Sky takeaway.
Wenjing Xu, also known as Wenjing Lin, 16, had been chatting to friends about a pal's 16th birthday party just before she died, a schoolmate said.
The teenager's family paid a touching tribute to their daughter, saying in a statement: “Wenjing had a very gentle soul, she was a very quiet person.
"Wenjing helped the whole family, working in the family takeaway. She enjoyed school and worked very hard. She was loved by her family.”
Tia Warren, 17, who used to work at the takeaway, said: "She was lovely, I really liked her. She was brilliant at maths and was tutoring me even though she was in a year below me in school.
"I am devastated at what has happened – she was lovely, an A-grade student who could have achieved anything in life."
The teen said Wenjing had been excited to head to university, adding: "Usually she was quite a happy young girl, I'm so sad. I was crying when I was told what happened."
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