Another example of how love triangles end badly can be illustrated with the following true story. It’s a story of deceit, cheating and violent behaviour. It is also about cultural differences and shows how hope and pride can be the downfall of many. Hope that the relationship can be mended. Pride in the fashion of a man, new to the country, putting his pain aside for the sake of his parents and friends approval.
A man who once shared an apartment with his love interest and her husband admitted to stabbing her after she tried to end her relationship with him. But Faical Labidi denied he meant to kill her. The 38-year-old North York man plead not guilty to first-degree murder in the 2002 death of Ling Wang, 32, but guilty to manslaughter. He received a life sentence with no chance of parole for 15 years.
Labidi had a stormy romantic relationship with Wang. Apparently the relationship between Labidi and his lover deteriorated until finally, on the afternoon of Nov. 7, 2002, he made a call to a 911 operator.
“I killed my girlfriend,” he said, as he stood by her car in the parking lot of his Rexleigh Dr. apartment building. She lay in the front seat of the car with 12 stab wounds to her chest, front, back and arm. Five of those wounds were fatal. When the operator asked if the couple had quarrelled, Labidi replied: “Yeah, we’ve been separated for a week or 10 days,” according to a tape of the 911 call.
Ling Wang and Alex Chen were the thought of as the perfect couple. At least, they were perceived as such when they were together in their native China. Then, Wang decided to leave China to come to Canada. Some time later, she sent for her husband, Chen, who joined her in Toronto. Wang, in the meantime had met Labidi on a business trip to Montreal and they started a romance. Wang told her husband about the affair while he was still in China. She promised to end it, but when he arrived in Canada he found out that she still had not. Nonetheless, he moved in with his wife while she continued to have Labidi stay over on weekends and share her bed. Chen told the court he accepted the arrangement because he was embarrassed about the breakdown of his “perfect” marriage. He was upset not wanting to have people back home find out about his situation. Eventually Labidi moved into the apartment with the husband and wife.
Chen witnessed several fights between the lovers. Labidi once accused Wang of ruining his life and promising he would be her “worst nightmare.”
While Labidi was in Vancouver, the husband and wife moved out of the apartment without leaving a forwarding address. However Wang continued to talk to and meet with Labidi, soon after she finally wrote a “Dear Faical” letter ending the relationship.
On Nov. 7, she picked him up at his Kraft Canada workplace in North York. Co-workers said that before he left he seemed unhappy and told them “things are going so badly all I can do is kill myself or kill somebody else.” Labidi and Wang went to lunch at about noon. Less than two hours later she was dead.
Another unfortunate ending. Lives lived only partially…but complete in the sense of finality. The lost dreams and broken promises are the fodder for the press in a tragically sensational story such as this.