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Victimized Teachers and Students from Tamkang High School: Tiuⁿ Chhit-lông, Tiuⁿ Chong-jîn, and Tiuⁿ Kok-jîn

After graduating from Taihoku Medical College during the Japanese colonial period, Tiuⁿ Chhit-lông once worked at Keelung Hospital and Taipei Mackay Hospital. As a close friend of Dr. George Leslie Mackay’s son, George William Mackay, the founder of Tamsui Middle School, he also practiced medicine in Tamsui. His third son, Tiuⁿ Kok-jîn was an alumnus of Tamsui Middle School. In 1921, Tiuⁿ Chhit-lông relocated to Fenglin, Hualien, and established Jîn-siū Hospital.

In 1946, Tiuⁿ Chhit-lông was elected as a Hualien County Councilor and subsequently assumed the role of County Council Speaker. After the outbreak of the 228 Incident in 1947, Hualien 228 Incident Settlement Committee was formed. Tiuⁿ Chhit-lông did not participate in the committee due to his illness.

On the afternoon of April 4, the local gentry in Fenglin organized a banquet for the stationed troops. However, due to his health condition, Tiuⁿ Chhit-lông stayed home, and his eldest son, Tiuⁿ Chong-jîn, represented him at the event. Later that evening, soldiers reported cases of food poisoning among them and requested Tiuⁿ Chong-jîn to bring them some medicine. Unfortunately, Tiuⁿ Chong-jîn did not return home after making the trip. On the same night, soldiers also abducted Tiuⁿ Chhit-lông’s third son, Tiuⁿ Kok-jîn from their residence, in addition to Tiuⁿ Chhit-lông and his second son, Tiuⁿ I-jîn.

According to the neighbors, at around 11 p.m., they heard sounds of anguished screams, followed by six loud gunshots, and then everything fell into an eerie silence. On the afternoon of April 5, bodies of Tiuⁿ Chhit-lông, Tiuⁿ Chong-jîn, and Tiuⁿ Kok-jîn were discovered in Fenglin Public Cemetery. Their bodies bore wounds, indicating that they had been tortured before death, and all their possessions had been taken. It was reported that during a body search, soldiers found a badge from Tiuⁿ I-jîn, identifying him as an incumbent military lieutenant doctor, and heard that he once received an award from Chiang Kai¬-shek himself while practicing medicine in Northeast China. As a result, he became the sole survivor among his father and brothers.

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