Man Brutally Stabs Women to Death in Massachusetts Public Library


The man accused in the fatal weekend attack on a woman in the Winchester Public Library is scheduled to appear in Woburn District Court Monday.

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Winchester Police said the 22-year-old was in the library when 23-year-old Jeffrey Yao stabbed her with a 10-inch hunting knife.

She suffered multiple stab wounds to the head and upper torso and was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Reports say Yao attacked her from behind while she was working at a table and stabbed her repeatedly. Authorities haven't named Stryker as the victim of Saturday's stabbing that also left a 77-year-old man injured, but several family friends identified her as such to The Boston Globe at a Sunday service. They are still investigating the stabbing - including the motive. The Middlesex County District Attorney's office had not released her name as of Sunday afternoon.

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A group of neighbors reportedly spoke to Winchester police over the summer about the concerns over Yao, and police said they were aware of him and were observing his behavior. Yao has been charged with one count of armed assault with intent to murder and one count of murder.

The identity of the female victim is being withheld at this time pending next of kin notification.

Yao is being held without bail.

"I thought somebody fell down the stairs", he told the newspaper.