Son charged with murdering parents; police considering motives

Son charged with murdering parents; police considering motives

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Residents of a typically quiet waterfront neighborhood in the northwest corner of town were shaken this week to learn of a grisly killing right nearby.

Mark Yu, 36, was arraigned in Kent Country District Court on Monday and charged with murdering both of his parents in their North Providence home, located at 10 Noto Drive. He allegedly kept the bodies there for two days.

Yu was charged with two counts of murder and two counts of failing to timely report a death. He was held without bail as he awaits a bail hearing on July 29.

Police believe Yu bludgeoned his parents to death, with the preliminary cause of death being blunt force trauma.

The victims were identified as Young Yu, 60, and his wife Yeon Yu, 61. There home is located right near the shoreline of the Wenscott Reservoir, across Douglas Avenue from Governor Notte Park.

Police, who began searching the Noto Drive home at 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon after a family member asked them to check on the couple, first discovered the body of Young Yu wrapped in sheets and cloths on the second floor. A further search revealed the body of Yeon Yu, also wrapped in a sheet, in the basement. Mark Yu was found in a second floor bathroom.

Chief Paul Martellini told The Breeze Tuesday that detectives have been at the home "around the clock" in their bid to determine everything that happened before, during and after the murder. Police were "close" to determining a motive for the crime, said Martellini.

"We're thoroughly investigating this and will leave no stone unturned," he said.

Police have been on scene all week searching the 3,400-square-foot Victorian and the one-acre property it is perched on. Many residents in the area have expressed concern that there might have been others involved in the crime, according to Martellini, but those residents have "no need to be concerned." Police are confident that Yu acted alone, he said.

Martellini would not say whether Yu has admitted to the murders or not.