2 Americans Held in Death of Irish Student in Tokyo

Nicola Furlong had apparently met duo at Nicki Minaj show earlier in evening
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2012 8:01 AM CDT
2 Americans Held in Death of Irish Student in Tokyo
The Tokyo Tower, center, sits in the darkness, its lights kept off along with much of the downtown buildings Friday, March 18, 2011, in Tokyo.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

A pair of unnamed Americans have been arrested by Japanese officials after one of them was found in a Tokyo hotel room with a dying Irish exchange student, reports MSNBC. Nicola Furlong, 21, of County Wexford, died about an hour later in what officials are calling a suspicious death and possible strangulation. Details are sketchy: Furlong and a 21-year-old female friend apparently met the Americans at a Nicki Minaj concert earlier Thursday evening.

“The death is still very much under investigation. In the meantime, the family has expressed their strong desire for privacy,” the Irish embassy tells the Irish Times. The man found with Furlong is said to be a 19-year-old musician; he and his 23-year-old dancer friend are also suspecting of sexually assaulting Furlong's friend in a taxi en route to the hotel where Furlong was found. (More exchange student stories.)

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