Cong Wang, 23, of Revere, was reportedly shot and killed by his uncle, Chenghai Xue, 44, outside the Cambridge District Courthouse in Medford on April 7.
According to the preliminary investigation, the two men were at the court for a hearing in which Xue was seeking to renew the restraining order he had against Wang. However, Attorney William Barabino, counsel for Xue, said the court denied his client’s request. After leaving the court shortly before 5 p.m., Xue reportedly used his vehicle to strike Wang in the parking lot. Xue then allegedly got out of his vehicle, pulled out a handgun and shot Wang five times.
According to Middlesex District Attorney Marion Ryan, Xue had a valid license to carry a firearm.
Wang, a computer science student at Northeastern University, was pronounced dead at the scene. Xue was subsequently charged with murder and was arraigned the following day in Somerville District Court.
According to court documents, Wang had a romantic relationship with Xue’s wife while Xue was living in China. However, Wang became angry when Xue’s wife ended the relationship in the summer of 2020 and reportedly sent several threatening text messages.
One message read: “I will kill your family. If I don’t kill your family, I will commit suicide.”
The affair prompted Xue to end his marriage and to file a restraining order against Wang.