A Chinese teenager appears to have taken his own life after a story about him being sold as an infant by his biological parents and recently reunited with them went viral.
Liu Xuezhou, 17, was found dead by local authorities early Monday morning on a beach in Sanya city, in southern China’s Hainan province, according to China’s The Paper.
Liu, a trainee teacher from Shijiazhuang city in Hebei province, northeastern Hebei province, posted a video in early December asking for help to find her birth parents, who he said he sold him to his adoptive parents in 2005.
His story quickly went viral and two weeks later he found his biological father, Ding Shuangquan, with the help of the police and DNA evidence.
Authorities in Datong City, Shaanxi Province arranged a meeting between Liu and Ding on December 26.
Two weeks later, Liu met his biological mother, identified only by her last name, Zhang, at a separate location.
The couple have separated and both have new families of their own, according to the Beijing News.
Liu posted scene of both meetings on Douyin, which TikTok is known to be in China. He described both meetings as “happy.”
But things quickly turned sour.
Screenshots posted on Liu’s Douyin account last Monday show Zhang blocking him on WeChat, a popular messaging app in China. China.
In a separate post, he said, Ding refused to let him into his home because he was worried his wife would divorce him. “You don’t think about how your son has survived over the past 10 years,” he said.
Two days later, Zhang told the Beijing News that Liu had borrowed money from them to travel and repeatedly asked them to buy him a house in Hebei, which they could not afford.
Liu quickly denied the allegations in a post on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo, saying they had left him “speechless”.
“When do I ask you to buy a house in Hebei? … Please do not deliberately choose words to make yourself innocent,” he wrote.
The story has divided opinion on Chinese social media, with some supporting his parents and others saying he deserves support.
Neither Ding nor Zhang could be reached for comment.
It is unclear how many children are sold in China, but the traditional preference for male children and the draconian one-child policy, in place for 36 years until it ended in 2015, have fueled the market. black market for male infants.
Abducted children being reunited with their biological parents are becoming increasingly common in China, after authorities set up a task force to identify missing children in 2016.
Before his body was found on Monday, Liu posted a lengthy note about Weibo account. He said he was inspired to track down his birth parents after seeing footage of the tearful reunion between a father and his long-lost son in Shenzhen last month.
But then his posts quickly turned darker.
“I was born worthless, when I returned I found nothing,” he wrote.
He said his adoptive parents died in a fireworks accident when he was 4 years old and alleged that he was sexually abused by a teacher as a child.
“The sun is shining on the sea. I belong to the sky and the sea. Here I end my life, I will take with me the most beautiful scenery in the world,” he wrote.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/teenagers-reunion-birth-parents-china-ends-tragedy-rcna13574 Teenager’s reunion with his birth parents in China ends in tragedy