04/19/2011 06:02 pm ET | Updated Jun 19, 2011

Student Attack Caught On Webcam As Friend Watches

An attack that left a Chinese exchange student dead was caught on webcam by a friend as the two chatted Friday night.

Qian (Necole) Liu of Beijing, an exchange student at Toronto's York University, was found dead by authorities hours after the attack was witnessed by her friend in China.

During the struggle, the friend lost contact with Liu when the assailant shut her laptop, according to MSNBC.


Police say Liu was chatting with a friend by webcam at about 1 a.m. when an unknown man knocked on the door.

The friend she was talking to reportedly lives in China and was Liu's boyfriend, according to posts on a Chinese-language chatroom, the Toronto Star reported. He reported seeing a struggle break out between the two before the man turned off Liu's laptop and threw her cellphone on the floor.

Police arrived ten hours later, according to CNN. The girl was found naked from the waist down, and her laptop was missing. However, police reportedly noticed no signs of sexual assault or trauma that would have lead to death.

According to the Star, the attacker may have been a "rejected suitor," who at one time shared a house with Liu.