This apparently random act of violence was aimed at Todd and Barbara Bachman of Lakeville, Minn., parents of 2004 volleyball Olympian Elisabeth "Wiz" Bachman (photo right) and in-laws of U.S. men's volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon. It happened while the Bachmans were sight-seeing at the Drum Tower, an ancient structure where drummers once marked the passage of the hours. Todd Bachman, CEO of the family's Minneapolis home and garden center, died of knife wounds, and his wife suffered serious injuries. Wiz Bachman was with her parents but unhurt.
Meanwhile, Tang Yongming, 47, who has been identified as the assailant, reportedly jumped from a 130-foot balcony on the Drum Tower, located five miles from the main Olympics site. After the murder, the Tower was closed and paddle-locked by Chinese police (AP photo above).
"It's certainly a down day, certainly for the U.S. people," Jim Easton, an American IOC member, told The Associated Press. "Here it is supposed to be a great time of happiness and peace and all that. That's what we work hard for, then for one person to be able to put a dark cloud on that."
From all of us at WCI, our condolences to the Bachman family and friends.