(Minghui.org) A Liaoyang City, Liaoning Province resident died less than two weeks after being arrested for refusing to renounce Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime.

Ms. Xu Guixia, 47, was arrested on October 27, 2016 and later sent to Liaoyang City Detention Center.

On the afternoon of November 7, the police informed Ms. Xu’s son, who was attending school out of town, that his mother had fallen ill and wanted to see him.

The police called the son again the next afternoon, offering to pick him up. The young man dared not return to his hometown, not knowing what the police were trying to do to him and his mother.

Ms. Xu’s sister received a call from the police on November 10, saying that Ms. Xu had died at around noon on November 7.

The police, however, refused to allow the sister to view Ms. Xu’s body because she declined to sign a waiver to forgo her family’s legal right to seek justice for Ms. Xu.

The sister has recently hired a lawyer to explore their legal options. In the meantime, she is also working to seek the release of her brother-in-law, Mr. Liu Ying, who was arrested at the same time as his wife Ms. Xu.

Mr. Liu’s lawyer went to the detention center on November 11, but was denied visitation.