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Wife of American killed in China returns to US

August 16, 2008

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— One week after Barbara Bachman's husband was killed in a random knife attack in China that also hospitalized her with life-threatening injuries, she is back in her home state of Minnesota to continue her recovery.

Bachman arrived at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester late Friday morning, where she is listed in fair condition and hospital officials said she was alert, talking and had good memory function.

Bachman was stabbed in the abdomen at a popular Beijing tourist attraction last Saturday. Her husband, Todd Bachman, died at the scene.

The assailant, Tang Yongming, was identified by police as a distraught unemployed former factory worker. Tang killed himself by jumping off the upper floor of the 13th-century Drum Tower, one of several stops scheduled as part of a group tour of the city in which the Bachmans were participating.

Avid volleyball fans, the Bachmans traveled to China for the Olympics. Their daughter, Elisabeth "Wiz" Bachman McCutcheon, is a former U.S. Olympic volleyball player married to Hugh McCutcheon, who coaches the U.S. men's team.

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