Suspect in fatal stabbing of woman in library due in court

Winchester police officials are seen in front of the Winchester library on Washington Street shortly after what is believed to be a double stabbing inside the library. One suspect has been taken into custody. Staff

Jeffrey Yao allegedly stabbed a woman to death at a public library in MA on Saturday.

The 22-year-old woman ambushed in a deadly knife attack Saturday at the Winchester Public Library was fondly remembered as a "passionate" medical student who fought for awareness in issues like domestic violence and mental illness, officials at her university said. Reports say Yao attacked her from behind while she was working at a table and stabbed her repeatedly.

Several people in the library ran to help the woman, including a 77-year-old man who also sustained stab wounds, Boston25News reported.

The woman was immediately taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. The elderly man was stabbed in the arm but is expected to survive. The circumstances surrounding the stabbing, including the motive are under investigation.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said the grievously wounded woman tried to head for the exit before collapsing.

Yao's neighbors said his behavior has been increasingly erratic in recent months and one even said he warned authorities that he "will kill somebody". Yao has been charged with one count of armed assault with intent to murder and one count of murder.

The woman's name remains withheld until confirmation from next of kin.

Yao was arrested in connection to the stabbing and has been held in jail without bail pending his arraignment Monday. "She was just a remarkable kid", said Brad Harrington.

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