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Ho Chi Minh City police hunt suspect in death of student Grab driver

A crowd gathers at the scene where Le Nhat Hao was killed, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, October 19, 2018.
A crowd gathers at the scene where Le Nhat Hao was killed, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, October 19, 2018.

Police in Ho Chi Minh City are searching for the suspect behind the death of a college student driving for Grab last week.

Around 10:20 am on Friday, a resident in Binh Chanh District found a young man lying immobile at a deserted area along a local road, the law enforcement said.

He was wearing a green Grab jacket, with blood on the body.

The local at the same time noticed another man in a white shirt with spots of blood running away on a motorbike.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers determined that the lying man was dead and could not find his identification, wallet and motorcycle around.

The deceased was later identified as 20-year-old Le Nhat Hao, a student at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Transport 2. Autopsy results show that he was killed by a stab wound in the neck.

The student, who went to the southern metropolis to attend college from his hometown in the south-central province of Binh Thuan, had worked part-time as a GrabBike driver for nearly two years.

He recently used the money saved from the job to buy a new motorcycle, which was taken away in the tragic incident.

His mother also left Binh Thuan for the city to earn more money for him by doing various manual jobs.

She said despite the driving work, the son never neglected his studies and he promised to take care of her in over half a year’s time so that she would not have to work any longer.

The university said he had a good academic performance.

A Grab Vietnam representative confirmed that Hao was its GrabBike ‘partner’.

The ride-hailing company expressed its sincere condolences to his family, adding it had helped cover funeral costs, and required an insurance company to handle the case.