(Clearwisdom.net) Hou Xiuping, female, about 35 years old, lived in Xiagou of Nanguan District, Changchun City, Jilin Province before her death.

After July 22, 1999, she went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong, and was detained for 15 days after being illegally arrested and was sent back to Changchun City. On July 11, 2000, someone reported her to the police for distributing Falun Gong truth-clarifying materials inside the small shop she ran. She was then again detained, this time for 15 days. In December 2000, Hou Xiuping went to Beijing again to appeal for Falun Gong; she was sentenced to 3 years of forced labor. Her family could not endure this, so they spent a lot of money to have the sentence reduced to 1 year.

In the police station, while one of her family members was going through the paper work in one room, Hou Xiuping was being watched by police in another room. After her family member finished the paper work, he (or she) was told that Hou Xiuping had "committed suicide by jumping off the building." Her family was not convinced by what the police claimed and wanted an investigation and demanded to appeal to higher authorities. The police department gave her family 20,000 Yuan [about 4 years average income in urban China] to settle the issue privately. It is obvious that the person who committed this wrong deed was quite worried.

Hopefully the people who know the details will provide more information on Hou Xiuping's death.