Chinese Social Media Gripped by Street Vendor's Execution

Zhang Jing carries the ashes of her husband Xia Junfeng, a 36-year-old street vendor, from Dongling Funeral Home on Sept. 26 in Shenyang, China Photograph by ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images

“Early this morning, the Court sent its people to summon me to see Xia Junfeng for the last time,” Zhang Jing, a young woman in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang, wrote on her Sina Weibo microblog account on Wednesday morning. “I feel like I’m going crazy, but I’m getting ready to go now.” Accompanied by police escorts, she then rode to the detention center where her 36-year-old husband had been held for the last four years. After they said their last goodbyes, he was put to death—marking the tragic end of case that has sparked outrage and despair across China.

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