XING DING, the “stunningly talented” teenage girl who was murdered with her family at their home in Wootton, had been due to take part in a national competition the day her body was discovered, it has emerged.
Xing, aged 18, had been deputy head girl at Northampton High School, in Newport Pagnell Road, where she was described as a “wonderful” and “greatly talented” pupil, who had been offered a place at university in Nottingham to study medicine this year.
Yesterday, it emerged Xing had been due to compete at the Rotary Club’s national speaking final on Sunday, the same day her body was tragically found by police at her home in Simpson Manor, Northampton, with multiple stab wounds.
Xing was part of a trio of talented students from the High School who had progressed through local and district heats and regional finals and she had been preparing to take on six other teams from across the country at the final in Surrey.
It has emerged her team-mates frantically tried to contact her on Sunday morning, unaware Xing and her family had been brutally murdered and unknown to everyone were laying dead inside their home.
Haakon Olafsson, from West Northampton Rotary Club, said: “Everybody tried to telephone her and telephone her family and nobody knew anything at that stage.
“Everybody tried to contact her and we now know the tragic reason why.
“It is absolutely tragic and very, very difficult to understand.”
Meanwhile, heartbroken pupils at two of Northampton’s most popular schools returned to class yesterday to the devastating news that Xing and her sister, Alice, aged 12, had been murdered.
Both girls’ schools yesterday paid tribute to the pair, who were described as popular and intelligent pupils, as well as talented musicians who both played the violin.
Headteacher of Northampton High School, Sarah Dixon, said Xing, also known as Nancy, would be “greatly missed and a huge loss to the school”.
She said the school’s sixth form garden would be open every day this week between 4pm and 5pm for members of the public to pay their respects.
She said: “We are all devastated at the news of Xing’s death. Xing was a wonderful girl, greatly talented in all areas and very popular with girls and staff alike. She will be very much missed and a huge loss to the school community.
“We have many happy memories of Xing, as a brilliant student, a distinguished musician, a superb public speaker and, most of all, as a loving and generous person.
“Naturally, our main concern now is to help all our girls at this difficult time and we have put in place arrangements to support them.
“Northampton High School is a strong community and we will all work together to make sure our girls are given the help they need as they return to school.”
She added: “Our thoughts are with her friends at this sad time.”
Younger sister Alice, meanwhile, was a Year 7 student at Caroline Chisholm School, who had only moved on from the school’s primary classes in September last year.
School principal Tony Dowling, paid tribute to Alice, as well as Xing, who he revealed had helped pupils at the school with musical performances.
The two girls’ mother, Helen Chui, also worked at the school as a part-time Mandarin tutor.
She worked with children in Years 10 to 13 and was a popular member of the modern languages team, the school said.
Mr Dowling said the “whole school community was shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of life”.
He said: “The loss of young lives is always very difficult to bear and to lose a whole family from our community is particularly hard for everyone.
“Our thoughts are with relatives, friends and neighbours of the family.
“Some of our children are understandably distressed by these events and we will be offering support and counselling for them now and in future.”
Andrea Leadsom, MP for South Northamptonshire, who represents the Simpson Manor area, also said she was “shocked” to hear news of the horrific quadruple murder, in what is a quiet area of Northampton.
She said: “Like many, I was shocked and saddened to learn of the horrific deaths of the entire Ding family at their home in Wootton.
“My thoughts are with their friends and family as they struggle to understand what has happened to two lovely young girls and their parents.”