Crime

Man Murdered in Taiwanese Internet Café, Gamers Play On

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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When an unidentified man was murdered in an internet café in Taiwan, his fellow gamers did not lift a finger to help him.

An 18-year-old suspect walked into the café on April 3 and stabbed another man to death with a watermelon knife, police said. A surveillance camera caught the incident on tape. One female gamer, despite her clothes being splattered with blood, continued to play her game.

Many people appeared to witness the crime, standing up when the victim falls to floor. However, the attacker simply walked away. No one attempted to help the victim, who is believed to be much older than his attacker. Many sat motionless at their computers.

It is unclear is anyone has been arrested in connection with the murder.

This is not an isolated incident in Taiwan. In February The Daily Mail reported on a 23-year-old man who died of a heart attack in an internet café in New Taipei City. Chen Rong-yu was dead nine hours before anyone realized it. Rong-yu played the game League of Legends for 23 hours before he died. Because he allegedly took regular naps between game play, no one was alarmed when he was slumped in his chair.

Postmortem revealed he died of a heart attack brought on by low temperatures, fatigue and lack of movement.

His family told authorities he had been treated for a heart condition.

Sources: Inquistr, Escapist