Hong Kong police have charged four people with the brutal murder of the famous model Abby Choi. According to local broadcaster TVB, her head was found in a soup bowl.

The rising fashion star, who had appeared in ‘Elle’, ‘Vogue’ and ‘Harper’s Bazaar’, disappeared last Tuesday. Her ex-husband Alex Kwong, along with his brother and father, were charged with her murder, while Choi’s ex-mother-in-law was also charged with complicity.

Authorities found two women’s feet in a refrigerator, along with two cooking pots containing human tissue, a meat cleaver and an electric saw, three days after the famous model disappeared. An autopsy revealed that Choi had a large hole in her skull behind her right ear, likely caused by a hard object.

Police believe the killing was premeditated and well-planned as Choi planned to sell a luxury property in the Kadoorie Hill neighborhood in Ho Man Tin. Choi had financed the purchase of the property but registered the house in her former father-in-law’s name to avoid stamp duty. Her ex-husband’s family reportedly lived at the property.

Authorities suspect her ex-son-in-law offered to pick up her daughter from school, but he allegedly dropped her off and took her to an apartment in Tai Po where he killed her. Police said the suspects had covered the walls of the apartment with tarps and were wearing face shields and raincoats to avoid getting blood on them.

The famous model’s head was found in a soup bowl, while the police have yet to find the arms and torso. He fears they may have been thrown away. The four family members charged will return to court on May 8.

The case has shocked the public and raised concerns about violence against women in Hong Kong. According to police data, reports of domestic violence increased by 40% in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, and there is a corresponding increase in the following years.

The government has taken steps to tackle the issue, including setting up a task force to review sex offender laws and increasing funding for victim support services. However, some activists and lawmakers have criticized the government’s response as insufficient, calling for more resources to be allocated to prevention and education efforts.