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Testimony of Shi Feng and Han Shuxiang, parents of Shi Yan

January 31, 1999

Shi Yan, male, was born in Dalian, Liaoning Province in August 1962 and killed at the age of 28. He was a musician with the musical troupe of the Beijing Air Force Political Department. On June 4, 1989, he was killed on one of the overpasses. He was shot in the temple and twisted his right hand. His body was cremated at Babaoshan.


Testimony of Shi Feng and Han Shuxiang, parents of Shi Yan:

Shi Yan passed the entrance exam for the Beijing Liberation Army's School of Arts in 1978, and after graduating in 1983, was given a position with the musical troupe of the Beijing Air Force Political Department. He lived with his family in the residence compound of the troupe. At the time of his death on June 4, 1989, he was only 28 years old.

Because we were not by our son's side, we heard of the circumstances through his wife. In the late hours of June 3, she discovered that Shi Yan had not returned home, and set out to look for him. She found his corpse later in the morgue of the Beijing People's Hospital; he had been shot in the head, and his right hand was twisted.

At the time a worker who was wearing an overcoat stood nearby, but he did not dare say anything due to official pressure. After many attempts to persuade and plead with him, he revealed a little of the circumstances. He said that Shi Yan was shot to death on a certain overpass, and that the Red Cross emergency rescue center sent him to the morgue of the hospital. At the time of admittance he was still breathing, however, he died after the hospital staff's efforts to save him proved futile. Because the there was shooting throughout the streets of Beijing at that time, his close friends risked their lives to hurriedly take his body to Babaoshan for cremation.

Now our family is only the two of us old people relying on each other to live, we have no sons or daughters at our side. I myself am suffering from high blood pressure and heart disease, and my wife has broken her thigh bone and walks with great discomfort. For the last ten years it has been a difficult existence for the two of us.

Shi Feng and Han Shuxiang