A Google employee is charged with murder for allegedly beating his wife to death this week in an assault that resulted in their bedroom being covered in blood, according to prosecutors.
Liren Chen, 27, is accused of repeatedly punching his wife in the head at their residence on Valley Way in Santa Clara, as stated in court records.
Although the name of Chen’s wife is redacted in the documents, property records reveal that Chen was married to Xuanyi Yu, and the couple owned a home at 714 Valley Way.
As of Friday morning, Santa Clara County’s medical examiner could not confirm whether Yu was the victim in the case.
Liren Chen, a software engineer at Google who was involved in the development of the YouTube Shorts recommendation algorithm, according to a LinkedIn profile under his name.
Another LinkedIn profile lists Yu as a software engineer at Google who had previously worked at Amazon. Chen is presently in the hospital awaiting a court hearing and has not been arraigned as of Friday morning. If convicted, he could face life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Prosecutors verified his employment with Google. Despite a decline in domestic violence deaths in our county, it does not quantify the extent and harm caused by such violence,” remarked Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen in a statement.
He urged anyone who believes they or someone else is experiencing abuse from their partners to contact their local law enforcement agency, emphasizing that they are not alone and assistance is available.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office stated, “We will be appearing in court each day until Mr. Chen is released from the hospital and can be physically present for his arraignment.”
According to court records, police discovered Chen’s deceased wife when they conducted a welfare check at the residence around 10:55 a.m. on Tuesday. The responding officer observed Chen through the window, kneeling with a vacant stare, hands raised, and what seemed to be blood on his clothing.
Upon entering the residence and apprehending Chen, court records indicate that officers discovered Yu’s lifeless body on the bedroom floor, with severe blunt-force injuries to her head.
The bedroom floor, wall, and door were extensively marked with blood spatter.
A police detective noted, “Chen’s right hand was extremely swollen and purple,” and he had blood on his clothing, legs, arms, and hands. When questioned about his injured hand, Chen allegedly informed first responders, “I punched my wife,” and he indicated that the assault had taken place the previous day.
Chen and Yu acquired their residence in April of last year for $2.05 million, as indicated by property records. Both individuals attended Tsinghua University in Beijing and the University of California San Diego, as detailed in their LinkedIn profiles.
The news created a ripple effect within the Chinese American community when rumors about the crime began circulating on social media.
The situation was compounded by a separate incident involving two deceased individuals found in a Los Altos home earlier this week, leading to some confusion.