Woman fatally stabbed in public library

WINCHESTER, Mass. (AP) - The woman fatally stabbed at a public library in Massachusetts has been identified.  Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan says 22-year-old Deane Stryker was at a table at the Winchester Public Library on Saturday when 23-year-old Jeffrey Yao stabbed her multiple times with a 10-inch hunting knife.  The attack was called unprovoked by prosecutors.

Stryker suffered slash and stab wounds to her head and upper torso and was pronounced dead at the hospital. A 77-year-old man who came to her aid was also hurt.

Stryker was a student at the University of New England's College of Osteopathic Medicine who hoped to become a doctor. James Herbert, president of the Portland, Maine, college, said he was "shocked and saddened" by the death.

Yao was arraigned on Monday.  He entered not guilty pleas and was being held without bail.  Yao's lawyer says his client has "severe mental illness" which includes multiple hospitalizations.

Yao and Stryker attended the same high school together but it was unclear if they knew each other.

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