Moments captured during fight for justice for Yingying Zhang

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Zhidong Wang, the Zhang family's attorney, is surrounded by Yingying's family and boyfriend, Xiaolin Hou. Yingying and her boyfriend planned to marry in October 2017.

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

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  • Yingying Zhang's father, Ronggao, addresses the public with a statement in Chinese on June 24. The statement is then translated by the Zhang family attorney, Zhidong Wang.

  • Zhidong Wang, the Zhang family's attorney, is surrounded by Yingying's family and boyfriend, Xiaolin Hou. Yingying and her boyfriend planned to marry in October 2017.

  • Xinyang Zhang, Yingying's brother (right), leads their mother Lifeng Ye (center) after the family addresses the public. Ronggao Zhang, Yingying and Xinyang's father (left), made the statement. Brendt Christensen was found guilty by the jury on June 24.

  • Zhidong Wang, the Zhang family's attorney, introduces the family to media on June 24 after the court heard the jury's verdict.

  • Zhidong Wang, the Zhang family's attorney, addresses the public and answers questions from the media after the guilty verdict June 24.

  • Zhidong Wang answers questions from the media on June 24 following the guilty verdict of Brendt Christensen.

  • Defense attorneys Elisabeth Pollock (left) and Julie Brain (right) walk out of the courthouse Monday afternoon. The verdict reached on Monday said their client, Brendt Christensen, was guilty of kidnapping and killing Yingying Zhang.

  • One of Brendt Christensen's attorneys, Julie Brain, walks past members of the media on June 12.

  • Defense attorney Elisabeth Pollock walks out of the courthouse after opening statements with Brendt Christensen's father. His father has been present throughout the whole trial and is expected to testify in the sentencing phase, which starts on July 8.

  • Leaving the courthouse June 12, members of Yingying Zhang’s family walk behind Yingying's fiancé, Xio Linhou who she planned to marry in October 2017. Opening statements began June 12 and closing statements followed 12 days later, June 24. The jury found Brendt Christensen, Yingying's kidnapper and killer, guilty.

  • Brendt Christensen is escorted out of the courtroom in a van on June 3. Christensen was found guilty on June 24 on the charges of kidnapping resulting in death and two counts of false statements. In the sentencing phase starting July 8, the jury will have to decide whether or not Christensen should be sentenced to death.

  • The sign in front of the U.S. Courthouse, 100 NE Monroe St., Peoria is pictured on June 3. The jury selection process started on June 3.

  • Members of Brendt Christensen’s counsel exit the U.S. Courthouse in Peoria around 7 p.m. June 3. Since then, Christensen has been found guilty on the charges of kidnapping.

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