Ho Chi Minh City police are tracking down a man suspected of killing a Samaritan who was donating veggie rice to the poor on Sunday because of some "minor conflict" according to eyewitnesses.
The incident happened at around 10:30 p.m. near the Le Quang Sung – Pham Dinh Ho intersection in District 6 when the man, who was only identified by his first name as Nghia, and his wife were donating rice to the poor.
Eyewitnesses said the alleged culprit was waiting to receive donation and had a row with Nghia over some minor conflict. He suddenly took out a knife and stabbed Nghia twice, eyewitnesses said.
After the broken blade was stuck in the victim’s neck after the second stab, the alleged culprit, who is 20 something, threw the handle and fled the scene.
“It happened too fast and I couldn't see his face. However, he is thin, wearing jeans and a white T-shirt,” a xe om (motorbike taxi) driver said.
Nghia’s wife and people at the scene rushed him to the hospital where doctors said he had succumbed to his wounds before being admitted.
A knife handle and dozens of rice boxes were found at the scene, police said. Further investigations would be underway, they said.
Local residents said the couple has been hired by a woman to donate rice to the poor at the site on special occasions over the past several years.
In Vietnam, rice donation is a common practice of Buddhism followers during the seventh lunar month, which is the time of year to commemorate wandering souls according to local belief.