On October 17, 2000, Falun Dafa practitioner Mr. Zhang Shouren, age sixty-six, went to the National Appeals Bureau in Beijing to ask the Chinese government to stop its persecution of Falun Gong. He was going to share with the officials how he had benefited from the practice. However, the police abducted and confined him at the Wanbolin Detention Center in Taiyuan City. There, he was brutally beaten. His health steadily deteriorated after the beatings. On August 24, 2001, Mr. Zhang died at home.