S. Korean gamer, 15, killed mother and himself, police say

November 16, 2010 14:27

SEOUL, South Korea  — South Korean police on Tuesday stated that a 15-year-old boy has committed suicide after killing his mother in a fight over Internet games.

Police official Jung Yo-il said Tuesday that the student hanged himself. Jung said that the boy's mother had been strangled in their home in the southeastern port city of Pusan.Jung stated that the fight started Monday night after the mother scolded her son for playing computer games.

He said the student's younger sister told investigators that her brother had been playing violent Internet games for the past two to three years.

South Korea estimates some 2 million people are Internet addicts. The country is considered one of the world's most technologically wired, with more than 90 percent of homes having broadband Internet access.

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