1 dead in double stabbing at MA library

A not guilty plea was entered, and he was held without bail.

Neighbors of a 23-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing a woman with a 10-inch hunting knife during a rampage inside Winchester Public Library yesterday say his behavior has been increasingly erratic in recent months and one even said he warned authorities that he "will kill somebody".

Jeffrey Yao, 22, of Winchester, Massachusetts, was arrested and charged with one count of armed assault with intent to murder and one count of murder after the Saturday attack at the Winchester Public Library in a Boston suburb, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Winchester Chief of Police Peter MacDonnell said in a press release. Ryan said the man suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The victim was home from college and was studying at the library, friends told authorities. Patrons restrained the 23-year-old Yao until police arrived.

Stryker was in her first year of medical school at University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.

She spent her time volunteering at a Winchester church and synagogue caring for children in and outside of the congregations. Another neighbour, Leslie Luongo said she was afraid of Yao and "would run to her car" while leaving for work. Yao paused, then turned to Taber, stabbing him across his upper arm before turning back to Stryker to continue the attack, police said.

Ryan added that Yao used a 10-inch blade hunting knife to stab her in the torso and head.

Both Yao and Stryker graduated from WHS, but it is unknown if the two knew each other or had any interaction before the incident on Saturday.

The District Attorney is calling Taber a hero for jumping into action and trying to help Stryker.

One neighbor said she has been keeping her kids inside the house whenever Yao was around. The 77-year-old is expected to recover.

The library said on its Twitter feed that it would remain closed until Monday afternoon.

"My client's parents feel devastated about the death of that young woman who was totally blameless and my client's family is devastated that after years of dealing with his mental illness he commits this act". He will next appear at a probable cause hearing on April 11.

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