A Google employee is accused of killing his wife by beating her to death this week, leaving their bedroom drenched in blood, according to authorities. Liren Chen, 27, allegedly hit his wife in the head several times at their house on Valley Way in Santa Clara, according to court papers.
The paperwork does not reveal the identity of Chen’s spouse, but property records indicate that Chen was wed to Xuanyi Yu and that they shared a residence at 714 Valley Way. As of Friday morning, the medical examiner for Santa Clara County was unable to determine if Yu was the victim in this case.
Chen was a Google software engineer who worked on the YouTube Shorts recommendation algorithm, according to a LinkedIn profile under his name. Another LinkedIn profile describes Yu as a Google software developer who formerly worked at Amazon.
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Liren Chen, a Google software engineer who worked on the YouTube Shorts recommendation algorithm, allegedly punched his wife Xuanyi Yu, another Google software engineer, in the head repeatedly and killed her at their home at 714 Valley Way in Santa Clara on Jan 16.
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— Byron Wan (@Byron_Wan) January 20, 2024
As of Friday morning, Chen has not been charged and is presently being held in the hospital while awaiting a court appearance. If found guilty, he would get a life sentence without the chance of release.
“Domestic violence deaths have been falling in our county but that does not measure the depth and destructiveness of the violence,” Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement. “Anyone who feels that they or someone else is being abused by their partners, please reach out to your local law enforcement agency. You are not alone. We can help.”
The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office made a statement saying, “We will be returning to court each day until Mr. Chen is released from the hospital and able to be personally present for his arraignment.”
According to court documents, when police arrived at the residence at 10:55 a.m. on Tuesday to perform a welfare check, they discovered Chen’s wife dead. Through the window, the responding officer observed Chen on his knees, staring blankly with his hands raised and what looked like blood on his clothes. Officers discovered Yu’s body on the bedroom floor with serious blunt-force injuries to her head after breaking into the house and detaining Chen. Blood splatter coated the room’s floor, wall, and door.
“Chen’s right hand was extremely swollen and purple,” a police detective wrote. “He had blood on his clothing, his legs, arms, and hands.”
Chen reportedly said to emergency responders, “I punched my wife,” when they inquired how he injured his hand. Then he pointed out that the attack had happened the day before. According to property records, Chen and Yu paid $2.05 million for their home in April. Based on their LinkedIn accounts, Chen and Yu both attended Tsinghua University in Beijing and the University of California San Diego.
After suspicions of the crime began to surface on social media, the revelation shocked the Chinese American community. A different occurrence this week involving two deceased bodies discovered in a Los Altos residence confused me.
Globe Journal and Sing Tao, two prominent Chinese-language national newspapers, falsely reported a murder-suicide on their front page on Friday. This led to a media frenzy throughout the Chinese-speaking globe, including national media in China.
The unsubstantiated stories in Chinese further emphasized the connection between the crime and recent layoffs at Google. That inaccurate initial reporting found its way into online tech hubs such as Blind and Y Combinator’s Hacker News.