The extradition hearing of PCC student Isaac Campbell, suspected of murdering former PCC student Liya Jessie Lu, was postponed on Tuesday, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s jail roster.
The hearing has been rescheduled for Nov. 30.”I don’t why they are taking so long,” said Lu’s cousin Jeremy Zhou. “There needs to be a resolution soon.”
Campbell, Lu’s ex-boyfriend, was caught in Minneapolis, Minn. on Sept. 27 after a warrant was placed for his arrest five weeks after Lu’s body was found.
A memorial service for Lu’s remembrance will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Grace Lutheran Church on 73 N. Hill Ave. in Pasadena at 9:45 a.m.. “Everyone is more than welcome to come to remember what a great person Lu was,” said Zhou.
Lu, 31, was cremated in a private ceremony, where only family and friends of the victim were present.
“We are going to take [Lu’s] cremated-ashes back to the province of Jiangsu, China,” said Lu’s mother Shilan Guo, 59, in Chinese Mandarin, her native language, in an interview on Saturday.
Lu, who had reapplied for the nursing program at PCC, was found dead on Sept. 15.
“The [one] time we talked on the phone about Campbell, [Lu] told me that he was intelligent and very educated. They’d help each other in their studies,” Guo said.
Along with Guo, Lu’s father Yongtai Lu, 66, and brother Jun Lu, 40, arrived to the U.S. on Oct. 8. “We were having difficulties with the Chinese government in getting our visas,” said Yongtai Lu.
“The police authorities didn’t want us to see her body because they said her body was in bad condition,” said Guo, in tears and distress.
“The body of Lu was in decomposition when she was found,” said L.A. Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau Lieutenant Gil Carrillo.
“[Lu]’s body was covered by kitty litter to avoid any strange odor.”
The last time that Lu talked to her family was by phone Aug. 9 – three days before she was reported missing by Zhou and her co-workers.
Lu came to the U.S. in 1998 to improve her education, said Guo. “Our lifestyle in China was poor, so she decided to come here to be successful as a student,” she added. Both Guo and her husband Lu are retired.
Lu’s parents and brother will stay about another month in the U.S. to dispose of Lu’s belongings and to await Campbell’s trial.
“They can’t stay longer because it is expensive to live here and they don’t have enough money to stay. And according to officials, Campbell’s case will take a long time,” said Zhou, who was Lu’s only family member in the U.S.
“She was a great daughter. She was very responsible, diligent and always wanted to be on top of things,” Guo said.
Lu’s family and friends are also welcoming the public’s help with donations to pay for living and funeral costs.
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