Ms. Gong Qunzhi, 73 years old, was a resident of Zhaojia Village in Yuantou Township, Zanhuang County, Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province. She began to practice Falun Gong in 1996, and all her illnesses were cured. After the persecution of Falun Gong began on July 20, 1999, Ms. Gong and other practitioners went to Beijing to appeal for justice for Falun Gong. She was intercepted by the local authorities and sent back to the county boarding house. She was detained for three days. In November 1999 and on July 20, 2000, Ms. Gong went to Beijing with fellow practitioners and was arrested. She was released only after she had been tortured and on the verge of death. She died in August 2003.