Tragic Minnesota connection in Olympics murder
From the AP article:
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese man stabbed the in-laws of the U.S. Olympic men's volleyball coach, killing one and injuring the other while they visited a Beijing tourist site near the main venue where Olympic competitions began Saturday.
The victims were Todd and Barbara Bachman of Lakeville, Minn.,both 62, parents of former Olympian Elisabeth Bachman, who is married to men's volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon, according to the U.S. Olympic Committee. Bachman's father, the CEO of Bachman's garden centers, was killed.
Todd was the CEO of Bachman's, a floral, home, and garden outlet. His wife, Barbara, was injured. A Bachman's spokesman says a statement will be posted on the company's website later today.
Todd Bachman and his wife, Barbara, were visiting the 13th century Drum Tower a few miles south of the main complex of Olympic venues when, according to Chinese and American officials, a knife-wielding Chinese man attacked them and their female Chinese tour guide. The man then plunged to his death by jumping from the second level of the Drum Tower, about 130 feet high.
Todd Bachman, of Lakeville, Minn., died from stab wounds, according to a U.S. Olympic Committee release. Barbara Bachman and the tour guide were taken to an area hospital with what were described as "serious and life-threatening" injuries.
Their daughter, Elisabeth, was with them but was not injured. She played for the U.S. women's national team at the 2004 Olympics and married McCutcheon in 2006.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar statement:
Klobuchar Statement Regarding Attack on Minnesota Couple at Beijing Olympics
Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar released the following statement regarding the attack of Lakeville, Minnesota couple Todd and Barbara Bachmann at the Beijing Olympics. The attack claimed the life of Todd and has left Barbara with life threatening injuries.
“I was saddened to hear of the tragic attack on Todd and Barbara Bachman. This senseless attack is made even more heartbreaking that it occurred during the opening days of the Olympics, an event designed to build international cooperation and understanding. I know the thoughts and prayers of the entire world are with the Bachman family at this time.
“My office has reached out to the State Department and to Embassy officials to ensure we provide all available support to the family and to Mrs. Bachman as she continues to receive medical care, and to work with Chinese authorities to fully investigate this crime.”
The couple are the parents of former U.S. women's volleyball player Elisabeth "Wiz" Bachman.
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