Live At The Murder Scene - Chapter 19
Translated by Nyx
The owner was a middle-aged man who was wearing a shirt. He had long, straight hair which made him look a bit sloppy. He was holding a bowl of rice while watching drama on his computer attentively.
He Jueyun made a circle inside then stopped by the frontdesk, bent over the counter and pointed his finger to the roller shutter: “Hello boss, how is business these days?”
While chewing something in his mouth, the shop owner answered without lifting his head. “It’s manageable.”
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He Jueyun: “Can you open it in time when it gets busy? Many students frequent this place, it’s not that manageable, is it?
“It’s fine.” Finally, the boss put down the bowl and sized him up, “No wait, who are you?”
“I’m sorry for disturbing you.” He Jueyun took out his credentials from his chest pocket, “Police, I just want to ask a question or two.”
He said it was casual, however, it is very difficult for an ordinary person to be casual when facing the police.
“Oh, I got it.” The middle-aged man got up from his couch, cleared his throat and said, “You came to investigate the suicide case of the two girls, right?”
He Jueyun put back his ID: “Yes. Although the case has been closed as a suicide, the family of the deceased still find it difficult to let go. They want to know the underlying reason why their daughter chose to commit suicide and begged us to continue investigating. It’s unofficial, I just want to ask a few questions.”
The middle-aged man nodded his head with understanding and said, “It’s good to have police officers like you who are responsible. The child was perfectly fine, then she disappeared just like that. Parents need closure.”
He Jueyun asked: “Do you have any clues?”
The owner was a little embarrassed and said: “Actually, there are no useful clues. Your comrades came to me and asked for a confession before, but I was too nervous at that time and wasn’t able to explain properly. After you all left, the more I thought about it, the more I regretted it. So I saved the surveillance camera recording. I didn’t see anything wrong, but maybe you can? If you want it, I can give it to you now.”
In order to prevent theft and ensure that the face of the students can be seen, he installed a surveillance camera on the inside and outside of the roller shutter. According to the placement, you can probably capture the area of half the street outside.
Since this small shop was located on the road leading to the dormitory building, when the body was first discovered, he, who had watched the criminal investigation videos, very consciously saved the surveillance video. After that, it was stored in the computer and was never deleted.
The boss smiled, wrinkles appeared in the corners of his eyes, which made him look a bit naive: “Although my CCTV can’t capture the place you want to see, it is high-definition! It’s much better to use than the one in school!”
He Jueyun was stunned. He didn’t expect to see this kind of breakthrough.
“Zhou Nansong…No, the second girl who committed suicide by jumping off a building. Do you still have the surveillance footage of that day she committed suicide? Do you have surveillance footage from the previous period?”
“I kept the surveillance video for the week that the two girls committed suicide! I have never seen such a big incident. Two students died suddenly. It’s really strange! When I first started, I thought there was a conspiracy.” The middle-aged uncle spoke with excitement, saliva spitting out. He pulled the tissue from the side and wiped his mouth vigorously and continued: “Very few people commit suicide by jumping off the building in that dormitory. This time, there were two in a row and I have a deep impression on both of them as well. It’s too much of a coincidence.”
He Jueyun immediately became alert: “There should be a lot of students in the school right? You can recognize them?”
The uncle said, “I don’t know the specific names of the two of them, but they look familiar. The first girl who jumped off the building, she lives in the dormitory building. Her financial condition is not very good. She seems to be poor. She would come often to buy things that are about to expire from me to save money. I think she is very pitiful, and I would take the initiative to set those aside for her.”
He Jueyun nodded and replied with an “mhm” from time to time.
“The second student’s family situation is much better. Don’t girls like things that look beautiful? She often buys some good-looking stationeries. She is my valued customer! No matter what books, pens, tape, stickers, she likes them very much.” The boss said, “The two should be best friends. The girl with the long hair is more generous and occasionally treats the other girl to a meal.”
He Jueyun: “Then, a few days before the suicide, was there anything unusual about the two of them?”
“They already dediced to commit suicide, that’s definitely not normal. The second girl who jumped off the building did not come to my shop before committing suicide. I saw her on the road. She was totally devastated. Obviously, there was a problem.” He shook his head and sighed, “Hey, the pressure on the senior high school students is too much. I heard them say that the first girl was in a bad family situation, and her parents put a lot of pressure on her. She jumped off the building once her grades started to drop because she couldn’t stand it anymore. The second girl was influenced by her; it was very tragic. I heard that many students now suffer from depression, and they might think of an escape to end this if they are not careful.”
He Jueyun: “What do you think? Is it really like what they said?”
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