Overripe melons sold out to honor killed farmer
A thousand kilograms of overripe melons
were sold out in less than 10 hours to honor a local hero and melon-farmer who was brutally stabbed to death in northern China's Hebei Province.
Cui Jingxiang, 47, was stabbed to death at a market fair in Anci district in Langfang city on July 23.
The murder was commited by a gang of thieves who killed Cui for warning others of the gangs whereabouts.
Police have arrested six suspects in connection with the case.
Cui was the head of a family of six, including his mother who has a mental disease, a wife in poor health and a daughter who just graduated from university.
A melon farm of 0.4 hectare was the major source of the family's income.
"After my father died, the melons were left on the farm and were going bad, so were hard to sell," said his son, Cui Quanzheng.
Cui Jingxiang was seen as hero for warning people at the fair about the gang.
The family's financial struggle was reported by a local newspaper on July 28, and the report went viral on social networking app WeChat, followed by hundreds of residents buying the melons to help the family.