Such heart-wrenching words have resonated with the public, prompting many of the so-called "Weibo stars" with millions of followers to retweet Zhu's story and appeal for help. Websites set up by Zhu's supporters home and abroad are attracting new donations for her parents, whose entire lives now focus on caring for their ailing daughter.
Will public attention bring action?
Even the official Xinhua news agency has jumped into the fray, mentioning Sun's "unusual family background" and challenging the police to speak up about the case with concrete evidence in a widely circulated article published Monday.
"Whether or not to re-open the investigation depends on new evidence, but the Beijing police should take a meaningful step forward by breaking their silence," opined the Southern Metropolitan Daily newspaper on its official Weibo page. "Doing so would help not only the victim but also the alleged suspect as well as the police's own credibility."
"In the past few years, people have seen too much injustice in stories posted online -- and the political power's wanton interference in the judicial system," said Yao, the commentator. "Things just erupted when Zhu's case resurfaced."
For Zhu's parents, however, the latest wave of public attention changes little for their daughter.
"I used to hope for a miracle," Zhu's mother said on the radio show. "Now that it's been so long, I just hope to see her conditions improve."