A Chinese national, Siyuan Zhao reportedly rents an apartment on the Upper East Side and graduated earlier this year from a five-year architecture program at the University of Oregon. According to Page Six’s source, she was a popular student there, and planned to pursue graduate studies in New York.
Gruesome images show the victim, who Page Six identifies as Shin Seo Young, drenched in blood and being carted out of the convention center on a stretcher. Fortunately, she was reportedly treated at the Jackson Memorial Hospital, and the injuries were non-life-threatening.
Witnesses to the frightening scene found it hard to comprehend, with the barbaric act being mistaken by fair-goers as a performance piece—albeit a disturbed one. Art Basel responded quickly to the unsettling incident with an official statement.
The police reports note that Zhao told officers “I had to kill her and two more!” and “I had to watch her bleed!” as she was being arrested. Zhao has reportedly been charged with attempted murder, and is being held on $25,000 bail.